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J. Lav/rence Runnalls 

St . Catharines 

August 1988 



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Heritage Lodge No. 730 G.R.C. & Grand Lodge A.F.& A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario 






Cornwall, 5th July, d. L. 5893, and New Dublin, 
6 th July, £. L. 5893. 




/9th and 20th July, rt,D. 1893, d-L. 5893. 

The Property of and Ordered to be Read In all Lodges and Preserved. 





At an Especial Communication of the Grand Lodge of A. F. dkA. M., of 
Canada, held at the Masonic Hall, in the 'J'oicn of Cornwall, on the 
5th Day of July, A.D. 1S93, A.L. 5893. 


M. W. Bro. Hon. J. M. Gibson, Q. C Grand blaster. 

R. W. Bro. A. F. Milliken as Deputy Grand Master. 

W. Bro. C. J. Hamilton as Grand Senior Warden. 

V. W. Bro. N. B. Colcock . . .as Grand Junior Warden. 

W. Bro. Rev. S. Gower Poole as Grand Chaplain. 

W. Bro. H. Williams as Grand Treasurer. 

W. Bro. H. W. Weber as Grand Registrar. 

V. W. Bro. Chas. Lemon as Grand Secretary. 

W. Bro. J. Ridley as Grand Senior Deacon. 

W. liro. S. Henry as Grand .f unior Deacon. 

W. Bro. A. A. Weagant ... as Grand Sup. of Works. 

W. Bro. J. F. Graham as Grand Dir. of Cer. 

W. Bro. W. J. Wallace as Grand Pursuivant. 

W. Bro. S. Woodward as Grand Tyler. 

Together with Masters, Past Masters, and Brethren hailing from Lan- 
caster, Williamstown, Farran's Point, Dickinson's Landing, Brockville, 
Maxville, aud other places. 

A constitutional number of lodges being represented, the 
Grand Lodge was opened in ample form, at 3.30 o'clock p.m., 
by the M. W. the Grand Master, who announced that this 
special communication of Grand Lodge had been summoned 
for the purpose of laying the foundation stone of the Church of 
the Good Shepherd, or Mountain Family Memorial Church, in 
the town of Cornwall. 

The brethren acting as Grand Lodge Officers having receiv- 
ed the necessary directions, the Grand Lodge w T as called off, and 
a procession formed, under the direction of W. Bro. J. F. Gra- 
ham, of Prescott, as Grand Director of Ceremonies, and march- 
ed to the site in prescribed order, taking their proper positions 
at the north-east corner of the building. 

The acting Grand Chaplain then asked a blessing, and the 
acting Grand Superintendent of Works read the following 
scroll : 


3n tbe name ano bv tbc faror of tbc Glorious Srcbitect of 
Ibcavcn ano JEartb, 

OX THE OTH DAY OF Jl'LY, A.D. 1893, . 

In the era of Freemasonry, A.L. 5893, and in the 56th year of the reign 
of Our Most Gracious Sovereign 


Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India and the depend- 
encies in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Dominion of Canada, etc. 
His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Sir FREDERICK A. STANLEY Earl of 
Derby, C.G.B. , etc., being Governor-* xeneral of the Dominion 
of Canada. 
The Hon. GEORGE A. KIRKPATRICK, Lieut. -Governor of Onlario. 
Sir JOHN S. D. THOMPSON, Premier of the Dominion of Canada. 
Sir OLIVER MOWAT. Premier of the Province of Ontario. 
The Hon. JOHN M. GIBSON. Q. C, Provincial Secretary. 
DARBIN BERGIN, Esq., M.D., M.P. for the County of Stormont. 
WILLIA*M MACK,- Esq., M.P. P. for the County of Stormont. 

FRANK LALLY, Esq., Mayor of the Town of Cornwall. 

C. J. HAMILTON, M. D., Reeve of the Town of Cornwall. 


Reeves of the Town of Cornwall. 

G FORGE S. JAR VIS, Esq., Clerk of the Town of Cornwall. 

DONALD McDONALD Esq., Reeve of the Township of Cornwall. 

C. W. BULLOCK, Esq., District Deputy Grand Master of the 15th 

Masonic District. 

The Rev. J. J. MOUNTAIN, D.D„ Incumbent. 

The Rev. S. GOWER POOLE, Curate. 

THOMAS LAFLEUR and ROBT. CASSON, Churchwardens. 

Rev. ARTHUR JARVIS. Architect. 


Cbis Corner Stone 
Of thi Church of the Good Shi 

(Mountain Family Memorial) 

was laid by the Most Worshipful Brother John Morison Gibson, Grand 

Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, 

Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, assisted by the Grand 

Officers and a large concourse of Brethren and citizens, 

with the usual ceremonies of the Order. 

The acting Grand Treasurer then deposited the scroll in the 
cavity in the stone, together with a phial containing Canadian 
coins, and certain newspapers and records. 

A beautiful silver trowel, suitably inscribed, was presented 
to the M. W. the Grand Master, by W. Bro. C. J. Hamilton, 
on behalf of Cornwall Lodge. 

The Grand Wardens and the Deputy Grand Master applied 
the implements of their offices to the stone, after it had been 
placed in position, and announced that the Craftsmen had 
done their duty. 

The M. W. the Grand Master then consecrated the stone 
with corn, wine and oil, and pronounced it : 



After the ceremony the Grand Master delivered an interest- 
ing address, alluding in happy terms to the beneficence of the 
Rev. Dr. Mountain, and commending the course he was fol- 
lowing in doing good with the means at his command. 

The procession was then reformed, the Brethren returned to 
the lodge-room, and Grand Lodge was closed in ample form. 
Attest : 

Grand Secretary. 




At an Especial Communication of the Grand Lodge of A. F. <l .4. Af., 

of Canada, held in thi Town Hall in the Village of New Dublin, on 

the 6th Day of July, A. D, 1893, A. L. 58 
M. W. Bro. R. T. Walkem, Q.C.,. acting as Grand Master. 

R. W. Bro. C. W. Bullock as Deputy Grand Master. 

V. W. Bro. X. B. Colcock as Grand Senior Warden. 

W. Bro. W. Stafford .as ' Srand Junior Warden. 

W. Bro. Rev. <^. W. <;. Grout as (Trand Chaplain. 

W. Bro. J. Saunders as Grand Treasurer. 

W. Bro. J. Chapman •. as Grand Registrar. 

W. Bro. E. A. Geiger as Grand Secretary. 

W. Bro. A. M. Wilson as Grand Senior Dea:on. 

W. Bro. J. R. Lake as Grand Junior Deacon. 

W. Bro. W. G. Parish as Graud Supt. of Work-. 

W. Bro. A. Urquhart as Grand Dir. of Cer. 

W. Bro. James Ross as Asst. Grand Secretary. 

W. Bro. J. P. Lamb as Asst. Grand Dir. of Cer. 

W. Bro. H. C. Phillips as < J rand Sword Bearer. 

W. Bro. J. ('. Alquire as Grand Organist. 

W. Bro. R. J. Jelly as Grand Pursuivant. 

Bro. R. N. Horton, Bro. H. S. Moffatt, Bro. J. B. Cbeckley, 

Bro. M. Brown, Bro. J. Bullock, Bro A. A. Chapman, 

Bro. T. H. Parslow, Bro. H. McLaughlin, Bro. J. Young. 

Bro. N. E. Brown. 

W. Bro. C. M. Taylor as Grand Tyler. 
Together with a number of brethren hailing from Lodges in the vicinity. 

The Grand Lodge was opened in Due Form at high twelve, 
at the Town Hall, by M. W. Bro. R, T. Walkem, P.G.M., who 
announced that this special communication of Grand Lodge 
had been summoned for the purpose of laying the corner-stone 
of St. John's (Anglican) Church, in the Village of New Dub- 
lin. The Acting Grand Master stated that he had undertaken 
the duty at the request of the M. W. the Grand Master, who 
was unable to be present. 

The brethren acting as Grand Lodge Officers having received 
the necessary directions, the Grand Lodge was called off, a 
procession formed, headed by the clergy, and under the direc- 
tion of W. Bro. A. Urquhart, as Grand Director of Ceremonies, 
marched to the site in prescribed order, taking their proper 
positions at the north-east eorner of the building. 


Prayer having been offered by the Acting Grand Chaplain, 
the Grand Superintendent of Works read the following scroll : 

5« the jgtame anfc hvj the i-aimr of the Q5lot*tou& 
Architect of fjeauen an& 03arth. 

This document was deposited in the corner-stone of St. John's Church, 

New Dublin, Elizabethtown, Province of Ontario, Dominion 

of Canada, Anno Domini, 1893. 

She ©orttvr gttcme 

Was laid on the 6th day of July, 1893, 

I'nder the auspices of Lvn Lodge. Xo. 41 6, A. F. & A. M., bv the 
Most Worshipful R. T. WALKEM, P. G. M., A. F. & A. fit 

In the fifty-seventh year of the reign of Her Imperial Majesty, 


Queen of < O'eat Britain and Ireland, Empress of India and Sovereign 

of the Dominion of Canada. 
The EARL OF DERBY, being Governor-General of the Dominion of 

Sir John S. D. THOMPSON, K. C. M. <;., Premier and Minister of 

The Most Rev. John Travers LEWIS, D. D., Bishop of Ontario, and 

acting Metropolitan of Canada. 
The Yen. J. S. LAUDER, D. C. L.. Archdeacon of Ottawa, and the 
Yen. T. BEDFORD- JONES, LL. D., Archdeacon of Kingston. 
Rev. George W. G. GROUT, M. A., Rural Dean of Leeds. 
Edward DAYIS, Esq., and John B. BARRY, Esq., delegates to synod. 
Edward DAYIS, Esq., and Nicholas E. BROWN, Esq., Church- 
The Hon. Ceorge A. KIRKPATRICK, being Lieut. -Governor of the 

Province of Ontario. 
The Hon. Sir Oliver MO WAT, K. C. M. G., Premier and Attorney 

General of the Proviace of Ontario. 
A journal of ihe Synod of Ontario for 1S92, a pamphlet on the consecra- 
tion of the Bishop of Ontario, copies of The Dominion Churchman, 
The Church Guardian, The Empire, The Globe, The Brock - 
ville Times and Recorder, and the current coins of the 
Dominion of Canada, were abo deposited 
in this stone. 
The new church was partly built on the site of the old church of 
St. John, erected about 65 years before. 

The Acting Grand Treasurer then deposited the scroll in 
the cavity in the stone, together with a phial containing the 
coins, etc. A beautiful silver trowel, suitably inscribed, was 
presented to M. AY. Bro. Walkem, by the Rev. Rural Dean 
Grout, Rector of the Parish. 

The Grand "Wardens and the Deputy Grand Master applied 
the implements of their offices to the stone, after it had been 
placed in position, and announced that the craftsmen had done 
their duty. 



The Acting Grand Master then consecrated the stone with 
corn, wine and oil, and pronounced it : 


The procession was then reformed, the brethren returned to 
the Lodge Room, and Grand Lodge was closed in due form. 

Grand Secretary. 




At the Thirty- Eighth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodqe of 
Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons oj Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario, held in the City of Ot'au-a, commencing on Wednesday, 
the 19th day of July, A.D. 1803, A.L. 5893. 


M. W. Bro. The Hon. G. M. Gibson, Q.C., on the Throne. 


R. W. Bro. W. R. White, Q.C. 

R. W. Bro. R. W. Barker Grand Senior Warden. 

R. W T . Bro. George Inglis Grand Junior Warden. 

R. W. Bro. Rev. J. H. Fairlie Grand Chaplain. 

M. W. Bro. Hugh Murray Grand Treasurer. 

R. W. Bro. F. F. Manley Grand Registrar. 

R. W. Bro. J . J. Mason Grand Secretary. 

V. W. Bro. A. A. S. Ardagh Gi and Senior Deacon. 

V". W, Bro. R. W. Kenning Grand Junior Deacon. 

V W. Bro. D. Bole Grand Supd't of Works. 

V. W. Bro. W. J. Grant Ass't. Grand Secretary. 

V. W. Bro. F. W. Randall Ass't. Gand Direc. of Cer. 

V. W. Bro. John Hewton Grand Organist. 

V. W. Bro. John Newton Grand Pursuivant. 

V. W. Bro. J. M. Wilson . .Grand Steward. 

V. W. Bro. D. Rose Gi and Steward. 

V. W. Bro. J . Qui^g 

V. W. Bro, H. Smith 

V. W. Bro. W. H. Burgess 

V. W. Bro. C. Mole ... - as Giand Stewards. 

V. W. Bro. W. Miller ... 

V. W. Bro. T. W. Chappie 

Bro John Sweetman Grand Tyler. 


R. W. Bro. H. F Jell Erie District, No. 1. 

R. W. Bro. A. E. Harvey, M. 1) St. Clair District, No. 2. 

R. W. Bro. Alexander Hess London District, No. 3. 

R. W. Bro. Joseph Beck South Huron District, No. 4. 

R. W. Bro. J. A. Morton North Huron District, No. 5. 

R. W. Bro. E. G. Wells Wilson District, No. 6. 

R. W. Bro. Alfred Taylor Wellington District, No. 7. 

R. W. Bro. R. L. Gunn Hamilton District, No. 8. 

R. W. Bro. Charles Pye Georgian District, No. 9. 

R. W. Bro. W. D. Garner Niagara District, No. 10. 

R. W. Bro. Harry A. Colli- s Toronto District, No. 11. 


R. W. Bro. W. J. Robertson Ontario District, No. 12. 

R. W. Bro. T. H. Thornton, M. D Prince Edw. District, No. 13. 

R. W. Bro. C W. Bullock St. Lawrence Dis't., Xo. 15. 

R. W. Bro. R. A. Klock Ottawa District, Xo. 16. 

R. W. Bro. W. H Hearst Algoma District, No. 17. 

R. W. Bro. Isaac Huber Xipissing District, No. 18. 


M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson England and New York. 

R. W. Bro Kivas Tully Ireland. 

M. W Bro. Hugh Murray Prince Edward Island. 

R. W. Bro. J. C. Hegler Arkansas. 

M. W. Bro. A. A Stevenson Connecticut, Minnesota, and 


M. W. Bro. Hy. Robertson District of Columbia. 

H. W. Bro. J." J. Mason Florida. 

R. W. Bro. W. R. White Georgia. 

M. W. Bro. James Moffat Idaho. 

R. W. Bro. G. C. Davis Illinoi?. 

M. W. Bro. James K. Kerr Indiana, Missouri, Xew Jer- 
sey, Texas and L'tah. 

R. W. Bro. W. G. Reid Kansas. 

M. W. Bro. D. Spry Kentucky and Greece. 

R. W. Bro. D. F. Macwatt Louisiana. 

R. W. Bro. R. B. Hungerford Michigan. 

M. W. Bro. J. M. Gibson Montana. 

R. W. Bro. It. L. L'atterson Nevada. 

R. W. Bro. J. S. Dewar Xorth Dakota. 

R. W. Bro. David Taylor Oregon. 

R. W. Bro. E. T. Malone South Dakota. 

R. YV. Bro. I). H. Martyn Vermont. 

R. W. Bro. W. C. Wilkinson . ..Washington. 

R, W. Bro. J. E. Harding West Virginia. 

R. W. Bro. Thomas Sargant Wisconsin. 

M. W. Bro. R. T. Walkem Peru. 

R. W. Bro. W. L. Hamilton Switzerland. 

R. W. Bro. William Gibson Victoria. 

V. W. Bro. Oeorge Tait .The Island of Cuba. 

R. W. Bro. John Walsh The tTnited States oi Columbia 


Past Grand Masters. — M. W. Bros. A. A. Stevenson, J. K. Kerr, 
James Moffat, Daniel Spry, Hugh Murray, H. Robertson, R. T. 
Walkem and J. Ross Robertson. 

Past District Deputy Grand Masters. — R. W. Bro3. H. J. Wilkin- 
son, Wm. Gibson, Wm. Roaf, James Reynolds, R. B. Hungerford, 
J. C. Hegler, T. Sargant, D. H Martyn, D. F. Macwatt, J. H. 
Burritt, J. E. Harding, B. Shortly, R. H. Preston, David Taylor, 
John Scoon, Win. Rea, R. Mahoney, W. L. Hamilton, E. T. Malone, 
G. J. Bennett, W. H. Jackson, A. L. Riddel, W. J. Morris Thos. 
Ridout, Kivas Tully, John Malloy, W. G. Reid, P. H. Cox, W. T. 
Toner, Henry Turner, E. B. Butterworth, J. P. Featherston, H. 
J. Wilkinson, D. D. Campbell, John Menish R M. Stuart, B. 
Paine, H. Hyndman. G. S. Macfarlane and A. B. Hurrell. 


Past Grand Senior Wardens. — R. W. Bros. James McLauchlan, 
Allen McLean, W. J. Simpson, R. L. Patterson and J. E. 

PAst Grand Junior Wardens. — R. W. Bros, Wm, Forbes, M.Walsh, 
J. S. Dhw r, G. C. Davis, Hugh Walker, Le F. A. Maingy and 
John Walsh. 

Past Grand Chaplain. — P. W Bro. Rev. R J. Craig. 

Past Grand Registrars — R. W. Broa. D. Derbyshire, W. C. Wil- 
kinson, James Greenfield, F. C. Martin and J. C. Boyrl. 

Past Grand Sknior Deacon. — V. W. Bro. George Tait. 

Past Grand Siierintendents of Works. — V. W Bros. R. E. Fletcher 
and Wm. Webster. 

Past Grand Directors of Ceremonies. — V. W. Bros. D. T. Hind 
and N. B. Colcock 

Past Assistant Gram> Secretary. — V. W. Bro. T. McCalium. 

Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. — V. W. Bro. A. 

Past Assistant Grand Organists. — V. W. Bros. L. Secord and A. 
R. Rovvat. 

Past Grand Pursuivants. — V. W. Bros. Alexander Stewart and -I. 
J. Smyth. 

Past Grand Stewards. — V. W. Bros. J. Quigg, T. W. Chappie, 0. 
Bascome, G. Middledich, C. Mole, A. Shaw, George A. Aylsworth, 
Henry Smith, S. Pearcy, W. H. Chittick and C. Pettiford. 

Past Grand Standard Bearer. — V. W. Bro. A Hood. 

Before the opening of Grand Lodge, Aid. Scott, on behalf 
of the Mayor of Ottawa, and a deputation from the City Coun- 
cil were announced, introduced, and presented an address of 

A constitutional number of lodges being represented, the 
Grand Lodge was opened in Ample Form at half past eleven 
o'clock forenoon, and the Grand Chaplain implored a blessing 
from the G.A.O.T.U. upon the proceedings. 


R. W. Bros, the Rev. John A. Lloyd, Past Grand Chaplain 
of England ; E. B. Eddy, Alex. Murray, James Mitchell, of 
the Grand Lodge of Quebec, and — Rowlands, of the Grand 
Lodge of New Brunswick, were announced, introduced and 
welcomed with Grand Honors. 

A deputation of Masters and Past Masters from the ( Ottawa 
Lodges were announcer!, introduced and presented the following 


To the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Q.G., M.P.P., Most Worshipful Grand Mas- 
ter of the Grand Lodge of Canada. A. F. & A. M. In tht Provina 

of Ontario : 

Most Worshipful Sir, — On behalf of the Masonic fratern- 
ity of the Ottawa district we desire On the occasion of the 
thirty-eighth annual communication of Grand Lodge to tender 


you and to its members a cordial welcome to the Capital of 
the Dominion. 

Ten yeai's have elapsed since this city was last honored by 
being chosen as the meeting place of the governing body of 
the Craft in this jurisdiction. During this period, Ottawa and 
the surrounding district have made rapid strides, both as 
regards number of inhabitants and material prosperity. The 
population of this city has increased 41 per cent, in the 
decade — an increase due in great measure to its admirable 
location, its unrivalled water power, and the growing facilities 
of railway communication with the commercial centres of this 

We desire to extend to you, Most Worshipful Sir, hearty 
congratulations on your administration of the Craft during the 
past year. The success which has marked your career up to 
the present time both in private and public life will, we feel 
assured, render your tenure of office one long to be remem- 
bered in the annals of Canadian Freemasonry. 

In conclusion, we trust that the stay of yourself and the 
visiting brethren in our midst wdl be a pleasant and a profita- 
ble one, and that the deliberations of the sessions of Grand 
Lodge, now commencing, will conduce to the best interests of 
our ancient and honorable fraternity. 


R. W. Bros. R. B. Hungerford, William Roaf, and George 
S. May, the Committee on Credentials of Representatives and 
Proxies from Lodges, reported the following as being present : 

No. .'. Niagara, Xiaqara. 

W. Bro. J. S. Campbell, Proxy, M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robert- 
son, P.M. 

No. 3. The Ancient St. John's, Kingston. 

\Y. Bro. F Day, W.M ; M. W. Bro. R. T. Walkem, and R. 
\Y. Bros. H. J. Wilkinson and W. L. Hamilton, P.M's. 

No. 5. Sussex, Brockville. 

W. Bro. A. Urquhart, W.M. ; Bro. L. DeCarle, S.W. ; R. W. 
Bros. W. H. Jackson, John Menish, A. L. Riddel, D. Derby- 
shire and \Y. J Simpson ; V. W. Bros. J. Quigg and Alex. 
Stewart, and \Y. Bros. G. H. Weatherhead and G. K. Dewey, 

No. (J. Barton, Hamilton. 

W. Bio. James Ferres. P.M., Proxy, V. W. Bro. W. J. Grant, 

No. 7. Union, Grimsby. 

R. W. Bro. Wm. Forbes, P.M., Proxy. 

No. 9. Union, Napanee. 

W. Bro. T. D. Pruyn, W.M. 

No. 10. Norfolk Simcoe. 

R. W. Bro. E. G. Wells, P.M., Proxy. 


No. 11. Moira, Belleville. 

W. Bro. George Dulmage, W.M. ; V. W. Bro. John Newton, 

and W. Bros. W. Lattimer, and W. C. Wickel, P.M's. 
No. 14- True Bri ons, Perth. 

R W. Bro. W. J. Morris, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 15. St. George's, St. Catharines. 

W. Bro. John A. Leeper, P M., Proxy. 
No 16. St. Andrew's Toronto. 

'ft . Bro. W. P. Gundy, W.M. ; R. W. Bros. Thomas Ridout, 

Kivas Tully and W. C. Wilkinson, and V. W. Bros. George 

Tait and D. Rose, P.M's. 
No. 17. St. John's, Gobourg. 

W. Bro. R. J. Craig, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 18. Prince Edward, Picton. 

W. Bro. M. R. Allison, W.M. 
No. J". St. John's, London. 

W. Bro. Thomas Clark, W.M. ; M. W. Bro. James Moffat, and 

W. Bro. A. B. Greer, P.M's. 
No. 'la. St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 

W. Bro. E. A. Johnstone, P.M. 
No. J-'. Kim/ Solomon's, Toronto. 

W. Bro. John Hall, W.M. ; M. W. Bros. 1). Spry and J. Ross 

Robertson, aud W. Bro. N. T. Lyon, P.M's. 
No. 23. Richmond, Richmond Hill. 

W. Bro. James Knox, Proxy. 
No. 24. St. Francis, Smith's Falls. 

W. Bros. A. G. Foster, W.M., S. N. Percival, P.M. 
No. .'•'. Ionic, Toronto. 

Bro. W. G. Eakins, J.W.; M. W. Bro. J. K. Kerr; and R. 

W. Bros. F. F. Manley, and Wm. Roaf, P.M.'s. 
No. 26. Ontario, Port Hope. 

W. Bro. Edwin Brown, W.M.; R. W. Bro. W. J. Robertson, 

and W. Bro. J. Walker Quinlan, P.M.'s. 
No. 2'. . Strict Observance, Hamilton. 

R. W. Bro. R. L. Gunn, P.M., Proxy; M. W. Bro. J. M. 

Gibson, a.nd R. W. Bro. J. J. Mason, P.M.'s. 
Mount Zion, Kemptville. 

W. Bro. A. Clothier, W.M.; V. W. Bro. 0. Bascom, and W. 

Bros. Thos. Johnston, J. A. Jones, R. Chambers, G. E. Hanna, 

T. Conley, and W. H. Bottum, P.M.'s. 
No. 29. United, Brighton. 

R. W. Bro. T. H. Thornton, Proxy. 
No. SO. Composite, Whitby. 

W. Bro. T. A. MoGillivray, W.M. 
Amity, Dunnville. 

W. Bro. L. A. Congdon, P.M., Proxy. 
Maitland, Goderich. 

W. Bro. Robert Park, W.M.; R. W. Bro. Joseph Beck, and 

W. Bro. C. A. Humber, P.M.'s. 

Thistle, Amherstburg, 

V. W. Bro. Geo. Middleditch, P.M., Proxy. 
St. John's, Cayuga. 

V. W. Bro. D. T. Hind, Proxy. 

King Hiram, Ingersoll. 

W. Bro. Janes Vance, W.M.; R. W. Bro. M. Walsh, P.M. 












No. 88. Trent, Trenton. 

W. Bro. 0. H. Boiiter, W.M ; W. Bros the Rev. W. T. Wil- 

kins, and D. J. Walker, P.M 'a. 
Xo. 40. St John's. Hamilton. 

W. Bro. W. J Aitchison, W.M.; R. W. Bros. John Malloy, 

and W. (i. Reid, Y.W. Bro. T. McOallum, and W. Bros. Win. 

Birrell, and John Moodie, P.M. 'a. 
Xo. . . St. George'*, London. 

Bro. J. L. Fitzgerald, J.W. 
Xo. 44. St. Thomas, St Thomas. 

W. Bro. H.A. Mclntyre, W M. 
Xo. 4-1. Brant, Brantford. 

W. Bro. A. E. Harley, W.M. 
Xo. .'/<;. Wellington, Chatham. 

W. Bro. A. H. VonGunten, W.M. 
Xo. 47. Great Western, Windsor. 

W. Bro. W. Holdstock, W.M.; Broa. Wm. Atkinson, 8. W. ; 

W. R. Wigle, J. W. 
X". 48. Modoc, Madoc. 

\V. Bro. A. H. Watson, W.M. 
No. 50. Consecon, Consecon. 

R. W. Bro. T. H. Thornton, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 52. Dalhoust> , Ottawa. 

W. Bro. Albert Hudson, W.M.: Bros. H. McGuire, S.W.; M. 

Birkett, J.W. ; W. Bros. W. H. Jessop, Geo. Ross, David 

Scott, E. D. Parlow, G. S. May, J. H. Salmon. W. Reynolds, 

C. S. Scott, and C. A. Douglas, P. M.'s. 
Xo. 54. Verulam, Mapl< . 

W. Bro. L. Richardson, P.M., Proxy. 
Xo. 55. Merrickville, M errickville. 

W. Bro. A. T. Crossett, W.M.; Bros. M. K. Laing, S.W.: W. 

H. Irving, J.W. 
No. 56. Victoria, Sarnia. 

V. W. Bro. C. Mole, P.M., Proxy. 
Xo. 57. Harmony, BinbrooJc. 

W. Bro. M. J. Mullock, W M. 
No. 58. Doric, Ottawa. 

W. Bro. S. A. Luke. W.M.j Bros. G. W. Skouldis. S.W.; W. 

H. Martin, J.W.; Y.W. Bro. J. J. Smythe, and W. Bros. R. 

W. Stephen, John Robertson, W. H Baldwin, Wm. Smith, 

A. Pratt, and James Smeaton, P. M.'s. 
Xo. 61. Aracia, Hamilton. 

W. Bro. S. H. Kent, P.M., Proxy ; M. W. Bro. Hugh Murray, 

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No. 63. ^t. John's, Carftton Place. 

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land, P. M.'s. 
Xo. 64. Kilwinning, London. 

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Xo. 65. Rehoboam, Toronto. 

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Grierson, J.W. ; R. W. Bros R. L. Patterson and James 

Greenfield, and W. Bros. M. Gibbs, Wm. Bain, J. S Ballan- 

tyne, and A. McBean, P. M.'s. 


No. 68. St. John's, Ingersoll. 

W. Bro. J. H. Hegler, W.M. ; R. W. Bro. J. C. Hegler.P.M. 
No. 69. Stirling, Stirling. 

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Xo. 72. Alma, Gait. 

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Xo. 78. St James, St. Mary's. 

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No. 74. St. James, Maitland. 

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No. 76. Oxford, Woodstock. 

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Xo. 77. Faithful Brethren, Lindsay. 

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No. 78. King Hiram, Tilsonburg. 

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Xo. 82. St. John's, Paris. 

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Xo. 84- Clinton, Clinton. 

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Xo. 85. Rising Sun, Athens. 

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Xo. 90. Manito, Colling wood. 

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Xo. 98. Northern Light. Kincardine. 

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Xo. 94. St. Mark's, Port Stanley. 

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Xo. 96. Corinthian, Barrie. 

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No. 99. Tuscan, Newmarket. 

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No. 101. Corinthian, Peterboro'. 

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No. in-:. Maple Leaf, St. Catharines. 

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JSo. 105. St. Mark's, Niaqara Falls, South. 

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Xo. 110. Central, Prescott. 

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Xo. 115. Ivy, Beams ville. 

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Heath, P. M's. 
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Xo. 128. The Belleville, BeUeviUs. 

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No. 125, Cornwall, Cornwall. 

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Xo. 143. Friendly Brother*, Iroquois. 

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No. 144. Tecui<s°h, Stratford. 

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No. 145. J. B. Hall, Millhrook, 

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Xo. 146. Prince of Wale*, Newburg. 

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Xo. 151. Grand River, Bui n. 

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V. W. Bro. J. M. Wilson, P. Ms. 
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No. 155. Peterborough, Peterborough. 

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Xo. 156. York, Xorth Toronto. 

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No. 158. Alexandra, Oil Springs. 

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Xo. 159. Goodwood, Richmond. 

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Xo. 162. Forest, Wroxeter. 

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Xo. 165. Burlington, Burlington. 

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No. 166. Wentivorth, Stoney Creek. 

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No. 168. Merritt, Welland. 

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Xo. 172. Ayr, Ayr. 

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Xo. 176. Spartan, Sparta. 

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No. ISO. Spud, Gue/ph. 

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No. 190. Belmont, Behnont. 

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No. 198. Ori/lia, drill in. 

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P. W. D. Broderick, P.M.'s. 
No. I'"''. Madawaska, Amprior. 

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Young, J.YY.; Y. W. Bro. A. Hood, and W. Bro. R. G. 

Moles, P.M.'s. 
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No. 208. Irvine, Elora. 

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No. 207. Lancaster, Lancaster. 

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W. Bro. John Pat ton, P.M.'s. 
No. 220. Zeredatha, Uxbridge. 

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and W. Bro. E. R. Anderson, P.M.'s. 


No. 225. Bernard, Listowd. 

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No. 22S. Prince, Arthur, Odessa. 

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Xo. 236. Manitoba, Cookstovm. 

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Xo. 243. St. Geonje, St. George. 

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No. 247. Ash/a-, Toronto. 

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Bro. S. Pearcy, and W. B. B. Allen, P. Ms. 
No. 253. Minden, Kingston. 

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No. 254. Clifton, Niagara Falls. 

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Xo. :■'■'. Sydenham, Dresd* n. 

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W. Bro. J. B. Carscallen, P.M's. 
Xo. 2o*J. Farran'8 Point, Farraifs Point. 

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No. 2-58. Guelph, Gue/ph. 

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Xo. .'61. Oak Branch, Innerkip. 

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No. 265. Patttrson, Thornhilf. 

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No. 271. Wellington, Erin. 

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No. 289. Boric, Lobo. 

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No. 296. Temple. St Catharines. 

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No. 304. Mincrra, Stroud. 

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No. 306. Durham, Durham. 

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No. 314. Blair, Palmerston. 

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No. 316. Doric, Toronto. 

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No. 320. Chesterville, Chesterville. 

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No. 322. North Star, Owen Sound. 

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No. 324. Temple, Hamilton. 

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No. 326. Zetland, Toronto. 

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and W. L. Hamilton, V. W. Bro. X. B. Colcock, and W. 

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and W. Bros. J. W. Turley, J. B. Wright and Wm. North- 
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No. 379. Middlesex, Bryeinston. 

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W. Bro. T. H. Martin, W.M. 
No. 389. Crystal Fountain, North Augusta. 

W. Bro. John Chapman, W.M. 
No. 390. Florence, Florence. 

W. Bro. J. B. Carscallen, Proxy. 
No. 391. Howard, Ridgeioivn. 

R. W. Bro. B. Paine, W.M. ; V. W. Bro. George Middle 

ditch, P.M. 
No. 392. Huron, C'amlachie. 

W. Bro. F. Goodier, Proxy. 
No. 393. Forest, Chesley. 

W. Bro. Thomas Wilson, Proxy. 
No. 394- King Solomon, Thames/ord. 

W. Bro. A. E. Cooper, Proxv. 
No. 396. Ctdar, Wtarton, 

W. Bro. W. R. Gilbert, W.M. 
No. 397. Leopold, Brigdtn. 

R. W. Bro. A. E. Harvey, Proxy. 
No. 399. Moffat, Harrktsville. 

V. W. Bro. A. R. Rowat, Proxy. 
No. 400. Oakville, Oahrille. 

W. Bro. W. A. Ferrah, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 401. Craif/, Deseronto. 

R. W. Bro. Rev. R. J.' Craig, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 403. Windwr, Windsor. 

W. Bro. E. S. Wigle, W.M. ; Bro. R. F. Golden, J.W. ; R 

W. Bro. J. E. D'Avignon, and W. Bro. J. S. Edgar, P.M. 
No. 404- Lome, Tamworth. 

W. Bro. James Ayl worth, W.M. 
No. 4O0. Ma'tawa, Mattawa. 

R. W. Bro. R. A. Klock, P.M. 
No. 408. Murray, Beavetton. 

R. W. Bro. W. J. Robertson, Proxy. 
No. 409. G'oldm Utile, Gravenhurst. 

W. Bro. A. A. Mowry, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 410. Zet-x, Toronto. 

R. W. Bro. G. J. Bennett, W.M. : W. Bros. Wm. Walker 

and V. F. Mansell, P.M's. 
No. 411- Rodney, Rodney. 

R. W. Bro. H. F. Jell, P.M., Proxy. 
No. 41~- Keystone, SavltSte. Marie. 

W. Bro. W. J. Bradley, W.M. ; R. W. Bro. W. H. Hearst, 

and V. W. Bro. D. Bole, P.M's. 
No. 413. Naphtali, Tilbury Centre. 

W. Bro. J. B. Rankin, Proxy. 
No. 414- Fequongn, Rat Portage. 

V. W. Bro. D. Bole, Proxy. 
No. 415. Fort William, Fort William. 

W. Bro. Robert McGregor, W.M. 
No. 416- Lyn, Lyn. 

W. Bro. George A. Hoag, W.M. ; Bros. C. M. Tavlor, S.W. ; 

A. M. Wilson, J.W. ; R. W. Bro. C. W. Bullock, and W. 

Bro. A. E. Cumming, P.M's. 


No. 417. Kteuatin, Keewatin Mitts. 

R. W. Bro. W. H. Hearst, Proxy. 
No. 418. Maxiille, Maxville. 

W. Bro. C. T. Smith, W.M. ; Bro. L. C. Harris, J.W. ; W. 

Bros. S. Henry and H. McLean, P.M's. 
Xo 419. Bismarck, Point Edward. 

V. W. Bro. C. Mole, Proxy. 
No. 4:". Nipwring, North Bay. 

W. Bros. A. R. Morris, W.M. ; \Y. H. Burgess, P.M. 
No. 421. Scott, Grand Valley. 

W. Bro. G. H. Cooper, W.M. 
No. 422. Star of the Eaat, Both»;/(. 

W. Bro. W. R. Hickey, W.M. 
No. 423. Strong, Sundridge. 

W. Bro. A. J. Howes, W.M. 
No. 424- Doric, Pickering. 

W. Bro. John Gormley, W.M. 
No. 425. St. Clair, Poit Lambton. 

W. Bro. W. J. Findlay, W.M. ; Bro. T. C. Cowan, 8.W. 
No. 42ii. Stanley, Toronto Junction. 

R. W. Bro. G. J. Bennett, Proxy. 
No. 427. Nickel, Sudbury. 

W. Bro. W. H. Howey, W.M. 

U. D. Fidel 'it u. Port Perry. 

W. Bro. A. J. Davis, W.M. 

U. D. Acacia, Eait Toronto. 

W. Bro. M. P. McMaster, W.M. 

The M.W., the Grand Master, granted permission for the 
admission of all Master Masons in good standing as visitors. 

The Grand Secretary read the rules and regulations for the 
government of Grand Lodge during the time of business. 

The Grand Secretary commenced reading the minutes of 
proceedings at the last Annual Communication, when 

It was moved by R. AY. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M. 
W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, and 

Resolved, — That the minutes of proceedings of Grand Lodge at the 
Thirty- Seventh Annual Communication, held at the City of London, 
on the 20th and 21st days of July, A.D. 1892, having been printed, and 
copies thereof forwarded to Subordinate Lodges, the same be considered 
as read, and be now confirmed, and that the minutes of the several 
Special Communications of Grand Lodge, entered by the Grand Sec- 
retary in the Minute Book, be taken as read, and are hereby confirmed. 


The M. W. the Grand Master delivered the folloioiny address to 

the brethren assembled in Grand Communication : — 
Brethren of the Graxd Lodge : 

We are assembled in our Thirty-Eighth Annual Communi- 
cation for the purpose of reviewing the work of the past year, 
deliberating upon such matters as call for present action, and 
preparing for future labors ; let me extend to you individually 
and collectively my heartiest fraternalr,. reetings. 


Before entering upon the record of the year, it is my desire 
to give expression to a very genuine and heartfelt appreciation 
of the high honor you conferred on me a year ago in selecting 
me as your Grand Master. The comparative unanimity of 
opinion in making your choice greatly enhanced an honor 
which, in view of consciousness of want of many of the char- * 
acteristic merits which distinguished my predecessors in this 
exalted office, would, under any circumstances be naturally 
regarded by me with feelings of pride and profound grati- 
tude. In all honesty and sincerity let me assure you, that, in 
my estimation, no higher tribute of honor can be conferred 
upon any one than that which is implied in promotion to the 
exalted position of Ruler of the Craft in this jurisdiction. 
Correspondingly great are the responsibilities pertaining to the 
office. Not alone by presiding over the deliberations of Grand 
Lodge, and fulfilling the routine functions of your Chief Ex- 
ecutive Officer, can these responsibilities be discharged. Soli- 
citude for the general welfare of the Craft, careful supervision 
of the work of Subordinate Lodges, and zeal in visitations, go 
far to characterize the efficient ruler. But, beyond all this, Ma- 
sons look for and expect from the occupant of the Grand East 
those qualities of head and heart which specially pertain to the 
truly good Mason, and an exemplification in his life and con- 
duct of the principles and virtues which we hold dear and 
sacred. This Grand Lodge has in the past had abundant rea- 
son for satisfaction and thankfulness that the gavel has ever 
fallen into the hands of those who have proved themselves 
worthy, and it is my prayer to the Grand Architect of the 
Universe that in this, the paramount responsibility of a Grand 
Master, I may not disappoint my brethren. 

The history of the year has not been marked by any events 
of unusual importance. Peace and harmony have prevailed 
within our borders. A satisfactory record has been made, and 
speaking generally, we have ample reason for contentment 
with the present and hopefulness for the future. The report - 
of the District Deputy Grand Masters will furnish evidence 
that, while these eminent brethren, entrusted with the imme- 
diate supervision and inspection of the doings of Subordinate 
Bodies in their respective districts, have evinced a most com- 
mendable zeal in the discharge of their important duties, there 
has been no falling off or slackening of Masonic work among 
the Lodges. Indeed, the assurances which I have received 
from the District Deputy Grand Masters convince me that the 
year has been one of gratifying progress in nearly all directions. 


In the nature of things, it is to he expected that here and 
there instances will always occur of Lodges whose progress, 
for some reason or other, h;is been stayed. Examples are- 
familiar to most of us where dormancy has been long pro- 
tracted, as the result, in some cases, of very definite causes, 
while in other cases, apparently without any assignable reason. 
Sometimes the disease is marked by acute symptoms, while at 
other times it assumes a chronic tendency. It happens occa- 
sionally that remedies skilfully applied by the District Physi- 
cian, going straight to the seat of disease, effect prompt restora- 
tions to a healthful condition ; but cases have been known 
to baffle the most eminently skilful attendant, and which, under 
too highly scientific treatment, have resulted in death for the 
patients. There is frequently a difficulty in deciding whether 
drastic remedies or homoeopathic processes should be applied, 
and not rarely it will be found safest to let nature take care 
of itself and be its own healing agency. This has not been 
infrequently illustrated by the spontaneous resumption of 
activity on the part of almost completely paralyzed lodges, and 
their entering upon fresh careers of Masonic work and useful- 
ness, including payment of long standing arrears of dues. I 
am addressing those who know as w r ell as I do that the Wor- 
shipful Master and the Secretary between them, to a very 
great extent, control the success of the lodge. Over and over 
again my predecessors have dwelt on the importance of wise 
selections for these positions being made. No promotion to 
either position should be allowed w r here reasonable doubt exists 
as to the successful performance of duty by those promoted. 
Many a lodge has suffered severely by trying experiments in 
the matter of Worshipful Masters, or by the mistaken gener- 
osity of its members towards wardens whose popularity, or, it 
may be, regularity of attendance or length of service, seem to 
designate them as natural recipients of the reward of higher 
rank, but who in reality have not the qualifications of lodge 
rulers. If there are to be fewer lodges languishing in a dor- 
mant or sickly condition, there must be more attention paid 
to the considerations to which I have referred. 


During the year no less than ten special communications of 
Grand Lodge have been called for the purpose of consecrating 
and dedicating new Lodge Halls and Buildings to Free Ma- 
sonry, virtue and universal benevolence. It is most satisfac- 
tory to observe a continuance of the general tendency that 
has for several years been manifested in the direction of secur- 


ing more commodious and attractive homes for the craft. The 
privilege and pleasure were afforded me of presiding at com- 
munications for dedications on the following occasions: 

St. Mark's Lodge, No. 94, at Port Stanley, on the 

10th October, 1892. 
St. David's Lodge, No. 302, at St. Thomas, on the 

10th October," 1892. 
Corinthian Lodge, No. 96 | at Barrie, on the 1st No- 

andKerr Lodge, No. 230 j vember, 1892. 

Stanley Lodge, No. 426, at West Toronto Junction, 

on the loth November, 1892. 

On this occasion M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson 

took part in constituting and consecrating the 

Brant Lodge, No. 5, and \ at Brantford, on the 1st- 

Doric Lodge, No. 121./ June, 1893. 

Craig Lodge, No. 401, at Deseronto, on the 4th July, 


Consecration and dedication ceremonies also took place by 
my direction in Nickel Lodge, No. 427, and its hall at Sud- 
bury, on the 2nd October, 1892, R.W. Bro. Isaac Huber, D. 
D.G.M., officiating ; in the new hall of Huron Lodge, No. 392, 
at Camlachie, on the 30th November, 1892, R. W. Bro. A. E. 
Harvey, D.D.G.M., officiating ; in the new hall of Corinthian 
Lodge, No. 330, at London East, on the 28th February, 1893, 
R.W. Bro. Alex. Hess, D.D.G.M., officiating, and in the new 
hall of Middlesex Lodge, No. 397, at Bryanston, on 2nd March, 
1893, R.W. Bro. Alex. Hess, D.D.G.M., officiating. 

In each case, so far as I had the opportunity of judging, the 
new lodge rooms, with convenient ante-rooms and other accom- 
modation, appeared to be strikingly well planned and com- 
pleted. For example, and without any intention of making 
invidious comparisons, it would be extremely difficult to suggest 
anything by way of improvement on the beautiful rooms now 
occupied by the brethren of Brantford, Barrie, St. Thomas and 
Deseronto. I deem it my duty to place on record the satis- 
faction I felt that so many of the elected officers of Grand 
Lodge attended these special communications. It has been 
but seldom that the Grand Senior Warden has allowed his 
place to be filled by others, and the Grand Junior War- 
den's record is almost equally praiseworthy. I am also much 
indebted to R.W. Bro. Bennett for valuable assistance rendered 
on several occasions when most needed. 


The cordiality and heartiness of my receptiom at these dif- 
ferent places, and the evident desire of the brethren to leave 
nothing undone in the matter of most generous entertainment, 
rendered most agreeable and enjoyable that which under any 
circumstances would have been performance of a pleasing 


An especial communication was held at the Town of Corn" 
wall, on the 5th day of July, instant, for the purpose of laying 
the Corner Stone of the Memorial Church of the Good Shep- 
herd (Anglican) with Masonic ceremonies, on which occasion I 
personally took part in the proceedings ; and on the following 
day another special communication took place at New Dublin, 
near Brockville, when, at my request, M.W. Bro. Walkem laid, 
with Masonic ceremonies, the Corner Stone of St. John's 
Church (Anglican). 


W hile it is no doubt a matter for regret with many of us 
that Grand Lodge as a body did not see its way clear to en- 
dorse the recommendation of the Committee to take into con- 
sideration the best means of fittingly marking the centenary 
of Masonry in this Province, it is a source of genuine gratifi- 
cation to me, as no doubt it is to Grand Lodge, that so impor- 
tant an occasion was not permitted to fall into the tomb of the 
past •' unwept, unhonored and unsung." Where Grand Lodge 
in its wisdom hesitated to act, the brethren of Toronto, with a 
promptitude and energy characteristic of the Provincial Metro- 
polis, organized and worked to a brilliant conclusion a celebra- 
tion that was at once enthusiastic in its conception, successful 
in its progress and consummation, and historic in completeness 
of its detail. Very appropriately the observance of the anni- 
versary was preceded by attendance at divine service in the 
Metropolitan Church, on the 18th December, at which there 
was a vast attendance of the craft, and where an admirable 
address, suitable to the occasion, was delivered by Bro. Rev. 
W. P. Wilson. At the Centennial Banquet, which was held 
on the 27th of the same month, St. John's day, nearly four 
hundred brethren assisted, each wearing the silver medal struck 
to commemorate the event. Our zealous Past Grand Master, M. 
V . Bro. J. Ross Robertson, the active guiding spirit of the 
affair, presided, and delivered the Centennial address, present- 
ing in eloquent diction a most interesting array of fact and 
incident which connectedly related the story of the Craft in 


Ontario for the past hundred years, and bore testimony to the 
untiring research and extensive knowledge of Masonic lore for 
which the M. W. Brother has already acquired so widely ex- 
tended a reputation. The narration created unbounded 
enthusiasm in his hearers, and its publication subsequently 
elicited the most flattering encomiums from readers in the old 
world as well as the new. Other speakers on this eventful 
occasion included the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province, 
Bro. the Hon. George Kirkpatrick; Past Grand Masters M.W. 
Bro. J. K. Kerr, Q C., and Hugh Murray ; Deputy Grand 
Master R. W. Bro. W. R. White, Q.C. ; R. W. Bros. J. J. 
Mason, Grand Secretary, and H. A Collins, D.D.G.M., and 
V. W. Bro. Wilkinson, President of the Toronto District Past 
Masters' Association, and W. Bro. E. W. Gardiner. But for 
illness my own presence would also be recorded, and it is to 
me a matter for sincere regret that I was thus prevented from 
taking part in a celebration that marks an epoch of so much 
interest in the history of our Ancient Craft. 


The very imposing ceremony of unveiling the monument 
erected to the memory of the Fraternal Dead in Mount 
Pleasant cemetery at Toronto took place on Saturday after- 
noon, of the 24th of June last Favored by glorious weather, 
the craft of Toronto to the number of about eight hundred 
assembled on Toronto-street, marched in procession to the 
railway station, and proceeded by trains to the cemetery, 
celebrating in this most exemplary manner the festival of St. 
John the Baptist, and ceremonially completing an enterprise 
which reflects the highest credit on the brethren of Toronto 
district. The occasion was a fitting sequel to the demonstra- 
tion already referred to, as having for its object an emphatic 
marking of the centennial of Masonry in this province. The 
admirable programme, the presence of several Past Grand 
Masters, the Deputy Grand Master and several Grand Lodge 
officers, with other distinguished members of the Order, the 
immense concourse of citizens assembled, taking warm interest 
in the proceedings of the day, and the pleasing harmony of 
appropriate music, combined to render the event one of 
memorable prominence and importance. Addresses were de- 
livered by R. W. Bro. Collins, D. D. G. M., M. W. Bro. Kerr, 
the Deputy Grand Master, M. W. Bro. John Ross Robertson 
and myself. The unveiling ceremony was conducted by M. 
W. Bro. Robertson, by whose liberality the beautiful plot of 
ground had been secured for the Masons of Toronto, and 


whose remarks were both eloquent and pathetically appropri- 
ate. The monument — a noble shaft of polished granite — will 
for generations to come mark the resting-place of departed 
brethren whose circumstances necessitate fraternal sympathy 
and aid. while testifying in stronger terms than I can com 
maud to the praiseworthy motives and sentiments of those by 
whom it was conceived and erected. 


By my request revised forms of the ceremonies of organiz- 
ing, constituting and consecrating a new lodge, dedication of 
a Masonic hall and the funeral service, have been prepared, as 
well as forms in connection with the opening and closing of 
Grand Lodge, and the installation and investiture of Grand 
Lodge officers. This duty was assigned by me to the com- 
mittee on the work, the results of w T hose labors have given so 
much satisfaction, and the proposed forms as settled by this 
committee will, when approved by me, be printed for distribu- 
tion. On the several occasions of dedication of new Masonic 
halls, at which I personally officiated, the proposed form of 
ceremony was used, and was found to be a great improvement 
on the very incomplete and unsatisfactory form at present 
appended to the constitution. 


During the year a dispensation issued for a new lodge at 
Eden Grove in the Township of Brant, to be known as 
" Moravian Lodge." The petition for this dispensation was 
endorsed by Aldworth Lodge, No. 235, of Paisley, and recom- 
mended by the D. D. G. M., and after careful enquiry and 
full consideration it seemed to me that the best interest- oi 
the craft would be served by acceding to the prayer of thf- 
petition. By reference to the report of the Board of General 
Purposes on warrants, submitted and adopted at the last 
annual communication, it will be seen that the petitions for 
warrants presented on behalf of Acacia Lodge, of East 
Toronto, in District 2so. 11, Port Elgin Lodge, of Port Elgin, 
District No. 5, and Fidelity Lodge, Port Perry, District No. 
12, under dispensations of 16th June, 7th May and 30th 
April, 1892, respectively, were laid over to be dealt with at 
this meeting of Grand Lodge, the dispensations being con- 
tinued in the meantime. These several applications for war- 
rants I commend to your careful consideration. Judging from 
the work they have been doing, some of these lodges, if not all, 
should receive their warrants. 


Reference to the tabulated statements in the Grand Secre- 
tary's Report will reveal the fact that an unusual number of 
lodges have during the year revised their By-laws and for- 
warded same, for my approval. Not infrequently, By-laws 
have been forwarded without any certified copies of resolutions 
adopting same, and without the seals of the lodges or the 
signatures of the Worshipful Masters and Secretaries, and have 
been returned for such necessary evidence of their regular 
adoption by the lodges. As a matter of convenience also, 
when amendments of By-laws are forwarded for approval some 
special indication should be made of what are the particular 
amendments sanction of which is applied for. 


Grand Lodge will not receive with disapprobation the inti- 
mation that on the present occasion no list of rulings is to be 
submitted for approval or criticism. It would indeed be a 
pleasure to announce that no questions had been asked, but 
that has not been my fortunate experience. Year after year 
with almost tiresome iteration points of practice and questions 
of procedure have been submitted to my predecessors for 
judicial exposition, and one might naturally expect that the 
time was about to arrive when all disputed points could be 
considered fully explained and settled, and when human in- 
genuity in adding fresh material to the schedule might at 
length acknowledge itself baffled and exhausted. But of ask- 
ing many questions there is so far no prospect of an end. I 
excuse myself from displaying the fusilade of queries that 
have been hurled at me and my rulings thereon, on the ground 
that in nearly, if not indeed absolutely all cases, the answers 
were to be found either by reference to the Constitution itself, 
or to decisions by my predecessors. As a rule, the most trouble- 
some conundrums present themselves in connection with 
points of the least importance ; in other words the difficulty in 
answering questions is frequently in the inverse ratio of the 
utility of the answers when given. 


Much misunderstanding seems to prevail on the subject of 
the physical qualification of candidates. Clause 220 of the 
constitution provides that " a candidate who can comply liter- 
ally with the ceremonies of the work of Grand Lodge, and 
who is mentally and morally worthy of admission is a fit sub- 
ject to become a Mason," while on the other hand it is laid 


down in Robertson's Digest of Masonic Jurisprudence that the 
initiation of a candidate who is physically defective can only 
be permitted by special dispensation from the Grand Master, 
and each case must be determined by the Grand Master upon 
its own circumstances. Numerous applications have been 
made for dispensations in cases where the physical defects 
were more or less marked, but in no case have I assumed to 
grant any special authority. "When the constitution provides 
that a candidate who can comply literally with all the cere- 
monies of the work of Grand Lodge, etc., is a tit subject to 
become a Mason, it also in my humble opinion plainly indicates 
that a candidate who cannot so comply is not a fit subject, and 
in such case the Grand Master has no power to over-ride the 
constitution by granting a dispensation. It has been my uni- 
form course to point out to the Master of the lodge that the 
responsibility rests with him of deciding whether the candi- 
date may under clause 220 be initiated or otherwise. He has 
the opportunity and advantage of occular demonstration, and 
in the nature of things can satisfy himself more easily than 
the Grand Master, who has to rely on a written statement, in 
which the defects may sometimes not be too fully set forth. 
But are the words " comply literally " so clear in their mean- 
ing as to preclude possibility of misunderstanding, or stand in 
the way of too free an exercise of discretion, or shall I say in- 
discretion, on the part of the Master .' Literalism is that 
which accords with the letter of the exact word, and I pre- 
sume that ability to comply strictly with the exact words of 
the ceremony to their very letter is what should be insisted 
upon, though it is to be feared there is a danger of drawing a 
distinction between "literal " as a merely formal sort of com- 
pliance on the one hand and as a strict and actual compliance 
on the other. If we are not to lapse into very loose and .n- 
definite views on the subject of physical qualifications, I am of 
opinion that it will be necessary to lay down fuller and more 
specific instructions than are contained in the clause of the 
constitution to which I have referred. 

A special commission was appointed by me to take evidence 
and report on a case of the initiation of a candidate having an 
artificial foot with metal fastenings, which he wore through 
the ceremony. I was led to believe that the Master persisted 
in conferring the degree after consultation with the District 
Deputy Grand Master, and distinct warning against such a 
course. The report of the commission, while sufficiently defi- 
nite on the physical defect of the candidate, omits reference to 


the prohibitory warning of the D.D.G.M., and as this seems 
to me an important element for consideration in the case, 
T have referred the report to the Board of General Purposes, 
with a view to such further action as may be called for. 

In all these cases of physical defects, so far as my advice lias 
been offered, I have chosen to lean decidedly towards the 
ancient charges in preference to what might be termed an 
unduly liberal construction of the constitution. 


Few questions which arise for adjudication occasion more 
perplexity than those relating to residence. The term " resi- 
dence " admits of a variety of definitions, but in all of them the 
idea of a house, and a sleeping apartment seems to be either 
expressed or implied. There is a difference between a man's 
residence and his domicile. Residence may be transient in its 
nature, whereas domicile is residence with the intention of re- 
maining for an unlimited time. Residence is where one habitu- 
ally sleeps, and prima facie a man's home is where his wife 
lives, if he has a wife. A man is a resident of a place which 
he makes his place of abode — his dwelling place. In a stand- 
ard work on registration it is laid down that in order to con- 
stitute residence a party must possess at least a sleeping apart- 
ment. It is possible to have more than one residence at the 
same time, as in the case of a man having two houses, living 
at each when he pleases, but this occurs very rarely. Un- 
married men who have fully severed the parental or home re- 
lation, and who have entered the world to labor for them- 
selves, usually acquire a residence in the locality where they 
are employed, if they are bona tide pursuing their employment 
there with no fixed residence elsewhere. Continuous residence 
for a year may have taken place, notwithstanding temporary 
absence during the year, and even though, for business or 
other reasons, the absence may have been somewhat prolonged, 
while, on the other hand, there w r ill be no year's residence 
within the meaning of the Constitution, if during the year 
there has been a breach of residence even for a single day. 
The test of whether continuity of residence is or is not affected 
by absence, either short or prolonged, is the animus revertendi. 
Actual complete removal or transit to a new locality, with the 
intention of residing in the new locality, constitutes change 
of residence, and no matter how soon the intention to remain 
may be abandoned and a return to the former locality of resi- 
dence take place, a break happens, and the year of continuous 
residence must begin over again. Sometimes, when young 


men leave the parental home, and engage in the occupation of 
a commercial traveller or adopt a seafaring life, special diffi- 
culty arises in deciding whether a new residence is acquired, 
in the former case at the locality of the firm or house travel- 
ling for, and in the latter case at some particular port of sail- 
in<*. It is seldom that the facts in any two cases are exactly 
alike. Sometimes there is a complete absence of intention of 
any kind in the matter of residence, and the facts do not seem 
to warrant any imputation of an intention. Sometimes for 
special reasons a strong desire is shown to be treated as a 
resident of a locality when the facts go to indicate some other 
locality as more probably the true residence. The year's resi- 
dence qualifying a candidate for the jurisdiction of the Lodge 
must be immediately prior to the date of the application, the 
residence in such jurisdiction still continuing. The safest 
course for the Masonic ruler to adopt is to make full inquiry 
into all the facts, apply thereto the principles I have en- 
deavored to lay down, and in this way make up his mind un- 
influenced in the slightest degree by the intending candidate's 
wishes or preferences, or by any motives of convenience or 


It is a matter of congratulation that but very few suggestions 
of change of the Constitution will this year engage your atten- 
tion. Regarding some of the motions, of which notices have 
b sen given, there will probably be but little difference of opin- 
ion, while as to others, it cannot be said in any sense that 
they deal with subjects of pressing importance. Once more the 
question of prohibiting the use of intoxicating liquors at all 
refreshment tables in connection with Masonic Lodges, will be 
presented to you for such action as you may deem called for. 
It may assist in the deliberation of how far there is an evil in 
the customs or habits of the Craft at their meetings requiring 
a remedy, when I state that in two-thirds of the Lodges visited 
by me during the year, tea or coffee appeared to be the strong- 
est beverage used, and I believe some of the Distrist Masters 
can furnish even stronger testimony of the temperance ten- 
dencies of the times as exemplified in connection with Masonic 
meetings or assemblies. 


My attention has been called to the difficulties presented in 
connection with the custom of electing officers of Lodges in the 
festival month of December, so far as the inspectoral work of 


District Deputy Grand Masters is concerned. Out of 347 
Lodges, 75 hold their elections in June, and install on the Festi- 
val of St. John the Baptist, and 272 hold their elections in 
December, and install on the Festival of St. John the Evan- 
gelist. The D.D.G.M for each district is elected at the annual 
communication of Grand Lodge in July, so that in the case of 
Lodges in which elections are held in December he has either 
to make two visits to inspect two sets of officers, or he must be 
content with one visit to inspect officers elected either in his 
predecessor's term, or after December in his own It might be 
a difficult matter to make a change, especially as so many of 
our Lodges adhere to the winter festival for installation, and 
yet it seems to me that the subject is worthy of consideration. 
By some different arrangement additional interest might be 
imparted to the work of the D.D.G.M., if he could be in touch 
with the one set of officers in each Lodge during his entire 
term, and possibly a greater impetus might be given to the 
celebration of the festival in December, as regards its social, 
fraternal, and, perhaps, oratorical features. We often hear 
brethren remark that on the festival night so much time is 
taken up with installation that the hour for assembling at the 
social board is away into the night, instead of early evening. 
The reunion of brethren at our festivals is an element of 
Craft work, and, conducted, as it always is, with decorum and 
moderation, materially strengthens friendships and brightens 
the pathway of Lodge life ; and, therefore, for the comfort, not 
only of ourselves, but of those who watch for our footfall, we 
should, in accordance with the maxims of the Craft, be with 
them at seasonable hours. As a matter of custom in the early 
days of the craft, the summer festival of St. John had pre- 
cedence, and the mother Grand Lodge of England, from whi;h 
all English-speaking Lodges hail, was revived at the June festi- 
val. I refer to this subject, not for the purpose of suggesting 
action, but rather by way of inviting consideration. 


Undoubtedly the close and special attention given for sev- 
eral years past by our immediate Past Grand Master to the 
improvement of the system, as well as more business-like 
methods in the administration of our benevolence, has been 
productive of most useful results. The time had come when 
a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances con- 
nected with each grant was called for. Applications had been 
sent in and recommended without that careful inquiry into and 
consideration of the merits which should always be had There 


was not, in all cases, that complete discrimination which there 
should have been, and Lodges had begun to act on the princi- 
ple that it was quite the correct thing to get as much as pos- 
sible of what was going, whether particularly needed or not. 
The best test of the sincerity and value of a recommendation 
by a Lodge for relief is the amount of relief contributed by the 
Lodge itself before coming to Grand Lodge with a case ; and it 
is beginning to be pretty well understood that charity should 
begin at home, that Grand Lodge is not the central authority 
of a mere benefit society, and that grants from the general 
funds of the Craft are to be considered as merely supplement- 
ary of local relief. The valuable report of the painstaking and 
conscientious brother, who was commissioned to investigate in 
detail the applications made to Grand Lodge, at the session of 
the year 1891, is on the face of it convincing testimony that the 
schedule of benefactions needed revision. I recommend that 
during the ensuing year the work of investigation be further 
pursued, so as to cover all cases not embraced in the report re- 
ferred to, and such other cases as may seem to the Benevolent 
Board to call for special information. 


My perusal of the proceedings of other Grand Lodges con- 
vinces me that the work of this Association has had a most 
beneficial effect in connection with transient applicants for re- 
lief. Through its instrumentality during the year 1892, the 
names of no less than one thousand one hundred and forty 
fraudulent seekers for help from Masons were discovered and 
made known. Information from every available source is 
secured and published each month, and at an expense of one- 
half cent per member each lodge receives the monthly lists of 
names and desci'iptions . 

While it is a sad commentary on the lack of caution which 
characterizes the admission to many of the lodges in the coun- 
tries of the Old Land, it is, nevertheless, a fact that seven out 
of every ten cases are found to be unworthy of relief. It is 
computed that the warning circulars of this Association have 
on this continent saved the Craft generally, on an average, 
from $20,000 to $25,000 a year. In Canada it is estimated 
that the saving to Boards of Relief may be counted by thou- 
sands. In the United States the results have been propor- 
tionately beneficial. These results very forcibly appeal to the 
good sense and sympathy of all who desire to see that only 
those who are worthy receive the funds devoted for relief. 



It is one of the unwritten maxims of the Craft — some who 
fashion landmarks call it a landmark — that every Master Ma- 
son has the right and may demand, either by himself or by his 
friends, Masonic burial. I have no desire to differ with what 
in this country has become an acknowledged privilege — al- 
though there is no Grand Lodge regulation beai'ing upon it — 
and yet, in one or two regards, the subject should be referred 
to. The right to Masonic burial does not imply that a lodge 
is called upon to pay the funeral expenses of a deceased brother. 
This so-called landmark has been strained in its meaning, and 
has found its way into by-laws of Lodges, which provide for the 
expenses of burial. I am advised that, in some Lodges, the ex- 
penditure on this account is very heavy, and, while it is in the 
highest sense commendable to aid those who are in circum- 
stances of distress, yet there may be cases where Lodges are 
asked to do what families and relatives of deceased are per- 
fectly able and competent to do. In some Lodges, especially 
in the cities, the brethren have been called upon to pay for 
four or five funerals in the year. This means an expenditure 
in some cases of from three to four hundred dollars. While 
Lodges have a perfect right to expend their own moneys as 
they see fit, in the intei'est of the Craft at large it is not out 
of place to point out that excessive expenditure should be 
avoided, and that, when the cost is borne by the Lodge, it 
should be a moderate amount, not exceeding what will secure 
unostentatious and decent burial. Some years ago a city 
Lodge was asked by a family, who were well able to bear the 
expense, to expend $125 for the funeral of a brother, the father 
of the household. When it was pointed out that such a large 
expenditure was unnecessary, the family replied that they had 
always understood that it was one of the rights of a Mason to 
have Masonic burial, and to have all expenses paid. It is need- 
less to say that the order was countermanded by the Secre- 
tary of the Board of Relief, and the expense reduced one-half. 
In many jurisdictions Masonic funerals are the exception. In 
England they are rare ; on the continent of Europe they are 
only occasional, while in the United States they prevail to a 
greater or lesser extent. In Canada there are a larger num- 
ber of funeral ceremonies held, in proportion to the member- 
bership, than in any other jurisdiction, and the attendance at 
many of them is not at all in proportion to the amount of re- 
spect we are presumed to have for those who have passed 
away. Pecuniary benefits are not an essential feature of Ma- 


sonry, as is the case with societies specially formed and organ- 
ized with that end in view — societies which have done and are 
doing a great deal of good — and it accordingly behooves 
Lodges to exercise a prudent Economy in their expenditures 
along this line. It has been suggested, and I think with much 
reason, that the form of summoning and holding emergent 
Lodge meetings an hour or two before funerals, for the pur- 
pose of marching in procession from the Lodge-room to the 
residence of the deceased brother, might, at the discretion of 
the W.M., be dispensed with, the brethren being notified to 
assemble at the house, and there, at the call of the W.M., as- 
suming their Masonic clothing and forming into procession. 
At the grave, after the service, they might be called aside by 
the W.M., and the members dismissed. The regalia of the 
Lodge officers could very well be entrusted to an officer of the 
Lodge. In these busy days, many brethren could devote an 
hour or two to attendance at a funeral who cannot afford to 
lose a whole afternoon. 


As a general rule, when the financial features of ordinary 
institutions are healthy and sound, pretty much all is well : 
but this by no means necessarily applies to Masonic bodies, 
which depend more for their success on other and higher 
considerations than annual statements of assets and liabilities, 
and comfortable additions to the reserve. At the same time, 
all will agree that we are happy in the possession of safe and 
sound interest-bearing securities, for the by no means incon- 
siderable sum of 875,000. The question has often been asked, 
What is to be done with this fund ? Is it never to be used for 
any practical purpose ? Some have suggested the advisability 
of establishing a Home for the unfortunate of our fraternity, 
or their widows or children, while others propose that, until 
some well-matured scheme for disposing of the surplus is ar- 
rived at, the Grand Lodge dues should be reduced by one-half. 
Whatever scheme or enterprise the attention of the Craft may 
in future be directed to, involving the outlay of our savings, 
let it not be considered that meantime this money is idle. It 
is earning interest, and it should be a source of pride, as well 
as satisfaction to us all, that so large a proportion of our an- 
nual grant for benevolent purposes is met from this source of 
revenue. At a time when all is going well, and we feel least 
apprehension for the future, we should not depart from the 
sound and thrifty financial policy which has hitherto been 
pursued, of continuing to add to the investments already made 


and ensuring the future financial stability and strength of the 
Craft in this jurisdiction. " Sufficient unto the day is the 
evil thereof," is all very well as a motto, under certain circum- 
stances, but always a most unsafe principle as the foundation 
of a financial policy. The subordinate Lodges will not, I trust, 
become tired of the present scale of contributions to the funds 
of Grand Lodge until the same are found, by experience, to 
constitute a real burden ; nor should Grand Lodge make any 
distinct departure from the present simple, safe and sound 
method of dealing with the surplus, so long as there appears 
no pressing necessity of entering upon some well-defined enter- 
prise in the interests of the Craft, that has secured our practi- 
cally unanimous approval. 


While, my brethren, laying no claim to any special wisdom 
by reason of my occupancy of the exalted position you have 
placed me in, it is nevertheless within my province, as well as 
in the line of my duty, to present to you such suggestions on 
any subject as may appear to me worthy of your consideration. 
In inviting your attention to the present system of proxies 
which obtains in this Grand Lodge I am doing nothing original. 
My immediate predecessor urged very strongly a year ago the 
propriety of considering the apportionment of the voting power 
on the floor of Grand Lodge, as between the Past Masters and 
the direct representatives of the Lodges. He spoke strongly 
of the abuse of the proxy system, and in an interesting statis- 
tical table demonstrated that during the preceding fifteen 
years, 25 per cent, of the Lodges represented at our annual 
commnnications were so represented by proxy. The table 
does not indicate what proportion of such proxies were held by 
Past Masters of the Lodges -information which would have 
been of much value. Opinions will probably differ very widely 
as to the advisability of any action having for its object the 
curtailment of the voting powers of Past Masters. I am by 
no means prepared to admit that the time is even nigh when 
there should be any interference with the status of these 
brethren in Grand Lodge. In the vast majority of cases the 
Past Masters, who devote the time and expense necessary in 
attendance at Grand Lodge meetings, are men of ripe exper- 
ience, of much more than ordinary skill in the Craft, and of 
ability to contribute to our deliberations valuable expressions 
of independent judgment. Though technically they may not 
be fresh from the electorate, they nevertheless owe their rank 
and position to their brethren, and naturally represent local 


opinion on subjects of Masonic interest and importance. 
While the newly-elected Master who attends Grand Lodge, it 
may be for the first time, feels a diffidence, or is restrained by 
excess of modesty from urging his views on matters which, in 
his opinion, should be discussed, we all know from observation, 
how readily and how forcibly the more experienced Past Mas- 
ter will air a grievance, ventilate a fad, or criticize the admin- 
istration of the business of Grand Lodge. Rightly or wrongly, 
I confess to having always entertained a strong predilection in 
favor of maintaining the present rights and privileges of those 
brethren who have done the work and acquired the experience 
implied by the rank of Past Master. Indeed, many years ago 
I had the privilege of moving the resolution amending the 
constitution so as to enable Past Masters to vote for District 
Deputies, and I have yet to learn that on the whole such 
change has not worked beneficially. But as to proxies, without 
going into any argument in detail, there seems to me room for 
improvement of our system. It is not a seemly thing that any 
brother should come to Grand Lodge armed with or controlling 
proxies sufficient to ensure his own election as District Master. 
None of us may know of such cases specially, but some of this 
has often been heard of. In view of the infrequency of 
special instructions from Lodges ever accompanying their 
proxies, is there not much to be said in favor of Lodges whose 
officers cannot attend our annual communications, having 
their choice of proxies restricted to their Past Masters ? 
Some of the undesirable features that crop out in connection 
with the scrambles for office would disappear, and peradven- 
ture the result might be a larger number of Lodges represent- 
ed by their own membership. 


If not too late, I strongly urge that before a new printing 
contract is entered into the propriety of publishing our pro- 
ceedings in larger type be considered. Not to say anything 
of our own convenience, we should have some regard for the 
opinions of others, and when we are told by one sister Grand 
Lodge that "the typographical work of the volume is hardly 
worthy of the Grand Lodge of Canada, and that it is not credit- 
able to any Craft," and the suggestion is made by another that 
we should get out our proceedings on a more liberal basis, 
" else we may be called upon to furnish spectacles with mag- 
nifying glasses to American readers," it certainly seems 
that we have not been giving proper attention to the matter. 
The extra cost of printing in larger type would be a mere 



On the 10th day of November, 1892, a new Masonic juris- 
diction on this continent was organized under the name of 
" The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma Territory." The latest ad- 
dition to the list of Grand Lodges is the offspring of the 
Grand Lodge of Indian Territory, and the parent seems not 
only to have been present taking an active part in bringing 
the new child into the world, but to have shown a most com- 
mendable motherly solicitude for it during its extreme infan- 
cy. Formal announcement of this recently organized separate 
jurisdiction has been made to other Grand Lodges throughout 
the world, with request for fraternal recognition, extension of 
Masonic courtesies and exchange of Grand Representatives. 
A report thereon will be submitted to you by the Committee 
on Foreign Correspondence. 


Nothing has occurred during the year to interrupt in any 
sense the harmonious nature of our relations with all foreign 
jurisdictions. Some changes in the representatives of other 
Grand Lodges near this Grand have taken place, which will 
appear in the Grand Secretary's Report, and these will, I 
trust, meet with your approval and confirmation. In Febru- 
ary last formal announcement was made to me by the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, of the withdraw- 
al of all the representatives of that Grand Lodge near other 
Grand Masters, and soon afterwards M.W. Bro. Samuel C. 
Perkins, P.G.M., of Pennsylvania, in accordance with this 
newly adopted policy tendered his resignation as the represen- 
tative of this Grand Lodge near the Grand Lodge of Pennsyl- 
vania, and returned his commission. The reasons assigned for 
this action on the part of our greatly respected neighbor are, 
that the fraternal courtesy of interchanging representatives 
has become superfluous and unnecessary, and practically sub- 
serves no recognized advantages — that official communication 
between the several Grand Masters is carried on directly 
with each other under their private seal, or by, or through 
their Grand Secretary under the seal of the Grand Lodge, 
and that the promptness of such communication is so well 
served by railroads, posts and telegraphs that the representative 
has no official duty whatever to perform. The announcement 
contained an expression of earnest desire and hope that the fra- 
ternal and cordial relations existing between the Grand Lodge 
of Pennsylvania and this Grand Lodge might continue in true 


Masonic spirit. Though as yet no formal notification has 
come to hand, the Grand Lodge of Iowa has adopted the same 
line of policy on this subject, and struck out of their code the 
section relating to Grand representatives, while the Grand 
Lodge of Massachusetts has never recognized the system. 
Instances, it is said, have occurred of friction arising between 
Grand Masters in the discussion of points of practice and eti- 
quette in the matter of appointing and recognizing, or reject- 
ing and withdrawing recognition, and the dismissal of repre- 
sentatives. Where for any reason danger exists of misunder- 
standing arising out of such matters, it would certainly seem 
a reasonable thing to mutually agree upon withdrawal of 
representatives on both sides ; but it is to be hoped that such 
cases are very exceptional, and though there seems at present 
a growing disposition to wipe out altogether the system of re- 
presentatives, as being more a matter of ornament than utility, 
or more a matter of sentiment than practical importance, in 
my judgment, not having experienced any of the inconven- 
iences that have been pointed out, we should not change for 
the mere sake of change. In the pioneer days of Masonry 
this outward expression of fraternity was carried to such an 
extent that individual lodges in Canada had their representa- 
tives at individual lodges in the United States, such repre- 
sentations subsequently being confined to the Grand Lodges 
after their organization. The system costs nothing, and cir- 
cumstances can be imagined, and have occurred, under which 
representatives abroad have been of practical service and ad- 
vantage. But apart from any other reason the manifestation 
to the world of satisfactory relationship between Grand 
Lodges, which appears to be implied in these appointments, as 
well as the opportunity afforded for formal interchange of 
courtesies and exhibition of the spirit of fraternity, which 
otherwise might seldom or never present itself, as between 
sister jurisdictions more or less remote from one another, 
seem a sufficient justification of the continuance of a custom, 
which, if not very useful, has, at all events so far as we are 
concerned, proved most agreeable. 

I am pleased to observe from the notices of motion that 
your attention will be called to the consideration of the ques- 
tion whether it is expedient that any brother should represent 
more than one Grand Lodge. My own view is adverse to 
such honors being accumulated by any brother, but it must be 
borne in mind that these appointments are not made by Grand 
Lodge. As a matter of fact, by comity between Grand Lodges, 


suggestions are from time to time made from the one to the 
other of names of brethren who would fittingly wear the 
honor ; but the appointment and the commission come from 
the Grand Lodges represented, and the only control we can 
exercise over these appointments is the control we may exercise 
over the brethren appointed, or the refusal to recognize their 
appointments. It should be stated that in all cases where a 
plurality of appointments, are held by any of our brethren, 
such appointments have been made bv the Foreign Grand 
Lodges without reference to this Grand Lodge or suggestion 
from its Grand Master. 


A year ago the sum of .$500 was ordered to be paid out of 
the funds of this Grand Lodge towards the relief of Masons 
who were sufferers by reason of the disastrous fire at St. John's, 
Newfoundland. Before directing remittance of the amount 
thus voted, I put myself in communication with R. W. Bro. 
Sir W. V. Whiteway, Attorney-General of Newfoundland and 
District Grand Master for England, with a view to ascertain- 
ing the number of the sufferers and settling the mode of distri- 
bution. Of the three Lodges, 177 members had been burnt 
out, about one-half of whom were in need of assistance, and 
about twenty of whom were pressing cases. In addition to 
these were widows and orphans, the approximate number not 
being given. Two of the Lodges are under English jurisdic- 
tion, presided over by R. W. Bro. Sir W. V. Whiteway, and 
one under Scotch jurisdiction, presided over by R. W. Bro. 
Hon. Alexander MacKay. It was arranged that these eminent 
brethren and the three Worshipful Masters of the Lodges 
should be a committee to superintend the distribution of our 
grant, and the amount thereof was remitted to R. W. Bro. 
Whiteway on that understanding. This considerate and timely 
action on our part in some measure at least contributed to' the 
relief of many cases of pressing need and sore distress. It 
certainly brought to us in return an expression of warmest 
feelings of gratefulness. 


From our sister Grand Lodge of Quebec comes the voice of 
mourning for two brethren, who held most eminent positions 
in the Craft — two of its distinguished and honored Past Grand 
Masters, viz., M. W. Bro. Edwin R. Johnson, who occupied 
the Grand East for the years 1883, 1884, and 1885, and M. 
W. Bro. James Frederick Walker, Grand Master for the years 


1886 and 1887. The former had been a lawyer of much abil- 
ity, practising his profession at Stanstead. At the time of 
his death he was Sheriff of St. Francis District. The deep 
respect and high esteem in which he was regarded were unmis- 
takably testified by the widely representative concourse of 
sorrowing friends and brethren who took part in the last sad 
offices, dropping a sympathetic tear over his grave. M. W. 
Bro. Walker was an old Hamilton school boy, and at an early 
age entered the service of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway 
Company, afterwards taking a positiun at Montreal in connec- 
tion with the Grand Trunk Railway, in the service of which 
company he rose by promotions from time to time to the 
responsible office of Genei'al Traffic Auditor, which he held at 
the time of his death. His Masonic career was very active 
and brilliant, marked ability characterizing his work in every 
position held by him in the Craft. Though the greater part of 
his business life was spent in the Province of Quebec, he 
always seemed to be one of ourselves, for, apart from his boy- 
hood associations being with us, it was in Victoria Lodge No. 
56, Sarnia, that he first saw Masonic light, and for many years 
past his face has been familiar in Masonic circles in this Prov- 
ince. Clear headed and bright intellectually, with a vigorous 
and manly address, and withal a warm and genial disposition, 
he was well and widely known and universally admired, both 
as a man and a brother. The Grand Lodge of Quebec has our 
genuine sympathy in these recent bereavements. 

The Grand Lodge of Nevada is mourning the death of 
Grand Master M. W. Bro. John H. Hubbs, who died in the 
City of San Francisco, on 10th May last. This bereavement 
has a special interest for us, and evokes our special sympathy, 
by reason of the fact that Bro. Hubbs was a native of this 
Province, and was made a Mason in Percy Lodge, No. 161, 
Warkworth, on 1st October, 1873. 

Without the slightest intention of encroaching upon the 
province of the committee entrusted with the melancholy 
duty of placing on record appropriate references to the more 
prominent of our own brethren who have been called away, 
I may be pardoned for a few expressions regarding one broth- 
er whose death on 7th March last leaves a very distinct 
vacancy in the ranks of the fraternity at Hamilton. R.W. 
Bro. Richard Bull was the first Senior Warden of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada, and was District Deputy Grand Master, 
during different years, for the Hamilton and Montreal Dis- 
tricts. Having been initiated in Barton Lodge in 1842, he 


had passed the fiftieth anniversary, an occasion which the 
brethren of Hamilton very fitly and gracefully celebrated. 
He was remarkably well skilled in the ritual and symbolism 
of Masonry, and ever experienced the utmost delight in im- 
parting that instruction to his brethren which his long and 
ripe experience and rare facility for speaking so well qualified 
him to afford. Probably in his best days he was without his 
equal as a worker, and until less than a week from his depar- 
ture he was still working among us. His gentleness of man- 
ner, cheerfulness and amiability of disposition and genuine 
kindness of heart endeared him to his brethren. While he 
still lingered with us he was a link between the present and 
the past generations of the fraternity. If our individual per- 
sonalities in life here on earth are continued into the world to 
come, R.W. Bro. Bull will never be a drone in the Grand 
Lodge above. 


At the Annual Convocation of the Grand Lodge of Ken- 
tucky, 8th October, 1891, a resolution was adopted in favor 
of joining with other Grand jurisdictions of the United States 
and other nations in holding a Fraternal Congress in the City 
of Chicago at some time during the continuance of the World's 
Fair. The opinion was expressed that such Fraternal Con- 
gress should not be held with a view to the formation of a 
general Grand Body, but for the interchange of fraternal sen- 
timents concerning the general interests of Masonry through- 
out the world, and especially looking to a greater uniform- 
ity in the mode of recognition and the fundamental features 
which characterize our system the world over. Five delegates, 
representing the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, were appointed 
to act with other jurisdictions desirous of joining in the pro- 
position, the Grand Master being ex-officio the Chairman of 
such delegates. A circular embodying the proposals adopted 
by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, was sent forth to other 
jurisdictions, and though a variety of opinions as to the util- 
ity or even the expediency of such a convention have been ex- 
pressed, the proposition has, on the whole, been favorably re- 
ceived. It will be remembered that my distinguished prede- 
cessor, M.W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, in his annual deliverances 
of the past two years, referred approvingly to the proposal of 
such a congress, and his remarks on the subject were concurr- 
ed in by this Grand Lodge. The rather obvious novelty or 
anomaly of a meeting of Grand Lodge representatives from all 
parts of the world, within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge 


of Illinois, self invited, has been relieved by the action of the 
Grand lodge of Illinois. The following extract from the re- 
port of a Special Committee on the Fraternal Congress speaks 
for itself, " Constrained alike by the obligations of hospital- 
ity and by its favorable disposition towards such a Congress, so 
long as it involves no purpose to form a general Grand Lodge, 
or to bind in any way the Grand Lodges represented therein, 
the Grand Lodge of Illinois will welcome most cordially the 
representatives of all Grand Lodges of free and accepted Ma- 
sons with which it may be in fraternal correspondence, to the 
jurisdiction proposed to be honored by their presence, and 
will gladlv unite with them through its own representatives 
in all deliberations tending to strengthen the ties of fellow- 
ship and to reach a more general consensus upon all subjects 
tending to cause friction between Sovereign and Independent 
Grand Bodies." With this promise of cordial welcome from 
the Grand Lodge of Illinois, and this carefully guarded defini- 
tion of the objects of the Congress, it is safe to say that what- 
ever may be accomplished of benefit to the Masonic world by 
deliberation and action on the lines proposed, fears as to any 
assumption of power by an assembly constituted as proposed, 
or of any encroachment upon the lndependance or Sovereign- 
ty of the Grand Lodges represented, seem to be entirely 
groundless. In the month of April last a circular letter is- 
sued from the Grand East of the Grand Lodge of Illinois to all 
Grand Lodges within the fraternal correspondence of that 
Grand Body, emphasizing and reiterating the assurance of cor- 
dial welcome to the Craft of other jurisdictions composing the 
Congress. The Congress will open at 10 o'clock on Monday, 
14th August next, and I recommend that the generous invi- 
tation be accepted, and that the Grand Lodge of Canada be 
represented on this important occasion by not more than five 


Apart from the occasions on which I deemed it a special 
duty to be present in my official character, my visitations 
during the year have not been very numerous. L T nfortunately 
during the winter months, when I might have expected to ap 
pear more or less frequently among my brethren, I was for a 
long period kept in by illness, and, even after resuming my 
ordinary avocc.tions, was inhibited from attending public 
meetings. The loss has been my own. The welcome accorded 
to me on visits to St. Andrew's, Doric, Zetland, and Reho- 
boam Lodges, in Toronto, and White Oak Lodge, in Oakville, 


were most cordial and flattering, testifying in a very unmis- 
takable manner the strongest bonds of fraternal sympathy 
existing between the rank and file of the Craft and him who 
for the time being is honored by becoming their ruler. On 
some of the occasions to which I have referred the concourse 
of brethren was very numerous, overtaxing for even standing 
room the limits of the spacious hall in Toronto. 


I have thus, my brethren, referred to some portions of the 
record of the past year, and given expression to such sugges- 
tions as have occurred to me, and though in doing so my in- 
tention was to be very brief, my fear is that I have become 
tedious. During my period of office, other spheres of duty, 
with their incessant calls and pressing responsibilities, have 
prevented me from accomplishing all that I could have wished ; 
but I have done what I could, and have thoroughly enjoyed 
the work. The ever ready counsel of my predecessors has 
been at my service ; that living compendium of useful know- 
ledge in general and Grand Lodge information in particular — 
the Grand Secretary, who is about to enter upon the twentieth 
year of his office, which we all trust he will continue to fill for 
two or three decades more — has always been near at hand and 
prompt to assist me ; while on all hands I have received inspi- 
ration and encouragement from the numerous proofs of sym- 
pathy and confidence extended to me by my brethren. The 
year has been one of peace and prosperity. Scarcely a dis- 
cordant note has sounded in any part of the jurisdiction, and, 
if at all, only in a low and subdued tone, soon to die away or 
else blend in the general strain of harmony which has happily 
prevailed. Our material interests are flourishing, as the re- 
ports submitted will fully establish ; general efficiency in 
carrying on the work is the rule, with exceptions most agree- 
ably rare ; and the labors of the District Deputies in visita- 
tions, superintendence and guidance, have been most conscien- 
tiously and intelligently performed. But while we do well to 
strive for perfection of organization, and naturally view with 
satisfaction advance in our numbers and increase of our re- 
sources, with special reason for congratulation that intelligent 
skill in rendition of the ritual is the rule with few exceptions, 
important beyond all other considerations is the practical 
exemplification in daily life of the principles which lie at the 
foundation of our system. Masonry is a failure if in our daily 
experience we do not succeed in securing definite and distinct 


realizations of its true meaning and spirit. Life is short ; with 
each of us the sands of time will soon run out ; our record 
here is daily and hourly being made, and cannot be recalled. 
How far is it composed of deeds of love and kindness 1 How 
far have the principles we profess been actually applied to and 
interwoven with the transactions and ordinary routine of our 
busy lives 1 May the Most High enable us to live and act con- 
sistently with our profession, so that while we stand before 
the world, occupying prominently representative positions as 
rulers in the Craft, we may ever deserve to be recognized as 
good Masons. 


Grand Master. 
It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M. 
W. Bro. R. T. Walkem, and 

Resolved — That the Address of the M. W. the Grand Master be 
referred to the Board of General Purposes to report thereon. 


To the M. W. the Grand Master, Officers and Members of the 
G rand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Canada, in the Province of 
Ontario : 

M. W. Sir and Brethren, 

I beg to present to Grand Lodge my Annual Report, con- 
taining an account of all moneys received by me during the 
year, and paid over to the Grand Treasurer, with return of 
Subordinate Lodges as at June 24, 1893, and ledger balances 
to May 31, 1893, together with, by the instruction of the M. 
W. the Grand Master, a record of Especial Communications 
summoned, dispensations issued, by-laws and amendments 
thereto approved, Grand Representatives appointed, and other 
official acts of the M. W. the Grand Master. 


The receipts and expenditure from 1st June, 1892, to 31st 
May, 1893, have been as follows : 





$ 2,929 00 

Giand Secretary's salary.$]fiOO OO 


10,719 50 

Grand Secretary's assist- 




tant's salarv 

800 00 




Grand Treasurer's salary 

200 00 


10 00 
474 50 

Rent of Grand Secretary's 


175 00 

250 00 

Miss Place, stenographer, 

P. M. Certificates 



salary to 31st May, 




270 0o 

Interest, asylum fund. 

449 00 

Grand Secretary, balance 

Fees for healing 

50 00 

of incidentals to 31st 

Contributions to St 

May, 1892 

123 12 

John's, Xfkl 

70 0( 

Grand Secretary, ad- 
vance for incidentals 



• in 

to 31st May, 1893 

40O 00 


Times Printing Com- 

pany, sundry printing. 

144 75 

Hunter, Rose & Co., on 

account printing, 1892- 

93 2 

,000 00 

Copp, Clark & Co. , print- 

ing certificates 

4M7 06 

< rrand Master Robertson, 

postages, telegrams, etc 

199 10 

Committee on Foreign 

100 00 

Expenses Board of Gen- 

675 45 

R. Duncan & Co., sta- 


72 25 

Masonic Relief Associa- 

tion, United States 

110 00 

Rent Opera House, and 

sundries, annual meet- 

ing of G. L 

1S2 50 

Premium on Grand Sec- 

.-,n Oi ■ 

R. \Y. Bro. J. B. Nixon, 

balance for services 

and expenses re investi- 

gation benevolence. . . . 

225 55 

Insurance on regalia .... 

17 50 

Grand Secretary's ex- 

penses attending meet- 

ing of Guild of Grand 

Secretaries at Denver. 

74 00 

San Francisco Board of 

Relief, amount contrib- 

uted towards relief of 

widow of a brother of 

80 00 


$21,103 94 

,996 28 



Brought forward $21,103 94 

Brought forward $7,996 28 

Expenses preliminary 
meeting committee on 
benevolence 64 50 

M.W. Bro. J. Ross Rob- 
ertson, travelling ex- 
penses, two years, by 
his direction paid to 
the hospital for sick 
children, Toronto 1,000 00 

Amount voted for testi- 
monial to M. W. Bro. 
J. Ross Robertson, by 
his direction paid to 
hospital for sick child- 
ren, Toronto 250 00 

Orders on benevolence.. 8,171 25 

$21,103 94 

si 7,482 03 

By direction of the M. W. the Grand Master, Especial Com- 
munications of Grand Lodge were called : 

On the 5th July, 1893, at the town of Cornwall, for the 
purpose of laying the foundation stone of the Church of the 
Good Shepherd (Anglican), M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gib- 
son, Grand Master, officiating. 

On the 6th July, 1893, at the village of New Dublin, for the 
purpose of laying the foundation stone of St. John's Church 
(Anglican), M. W. Bro. R, T. Walkem, P.G.M., officiating as 
Grand Master. 


The M. W. the Grand Master extended the dispensations of 
the following lodges until the present Annual Communication 
of Grand Lodge : 

Fidelity Lodge, Port Perry, Ontario District No. 12. 

Port Elgin Lodge, Port Elgin, North Huron District No. 5. 

Acacia Lodge, East Toronto, Toronto District No. 11. 

And on the 13th March, 1893, the M. W. the Grand Mas- 
ter issued a dispensation to Moravian Lodge, Eden Grove, 
North Huron District No. 5. 


By instruction of the M. W. the Grand Master, the follow- 
ing halls have been dedicated for Craft purposes during the 
year : 

Nickel Lodge, No. 427, Sudbury, October 2, 1892, R. W. 
Bro. Isaac Huber, officiating as Grand Master. 

St. David's Lodge, No. 302, St. Thomas, on the 10th October, 


1892, M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Grand Master, offi- 

St. Mark's Lodge, No. 94, Port Stanley, on the 10th October, 
1892, M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Grand Master, offi- 

Corinthian Lodge, No. 96, and Kerr Lodge, No. 230, Barrie, 
on the 1st November, 1892, M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gil km.,. 
Grand Master, officiating. 

Stanley Lodge, No. 426, Toronto Junction, on the 15th 
November, 1892, M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Grand 
Master, officiating. 

Huron Lodge, No. 392, Camlachie, on the 30th November, 
1892, R. W. Bro. A. E. Harvey, D. D. G. M., officiating as 
(4 rand Master. 

Corinthian Lodge, No. 330, London East, on 28th Febru- 
ary, 1893, R. W. Bro. Alex. Hess, D. D. G. M., officiating as 
Grand Master. 

Middlesex Lodge, No. 379, Bryanston, on 2nd March, 1893, 
R. W. Bro. Alex. Hess, D. D. G. M., officiating as Grand 

Brant Lodge, No. 45, and Doric Lodge, No. 121, Brantford, 
on 1st June," 1893, M. W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Grand 
Master, officiating. 

Craig Lodge, No. 401, Deseronto, on 4th July, 1893, M. 
W. Bro. the Hon. J. M. Gibson, Grand Master, officiating. 


The following brethren, upon the recommendation of the 
M. W. the Grand Master, have been appointed Grand 
Representatives of foreign Grand Lodges near the Grand 
Lodge of Canada : 

M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, of Toronto, for the Grand 
Lodge of England, to till the vacancy caused by the death 
of R. W. Bro. the Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald, K. C. B. 

R. W. Bro. Wm. G. Reid, of Hamilton, for the Grand Lodge 
of Kansas, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of R. 
W. Bro. J. J. Mason. 

R. W. Bro. D. H. Marty n, of Kincardine, for the Grand 
Lodge of Vermont, for a further period of five years. 

R. W. Bro. W. C. Wilkinson, of Toronto, for the Grand 
Lodge of Washington, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of 
M. W. Bro. Otto Klotz. 

And on the recommendation of the Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Indiana, the Grand Master has appointed R. 
W. Bro. Simeon P. Guillet, of Evansville, as our Representa- 



tiw. to till the vacancy caused by the death of M. W. Bro. 
Robert Van Valzah. 


The M. W. the Grand Master has examined, revised, and 
approved of the By-laws of the following Lodges : 

Xo. 260, Petrolia. 

• l 264, Ottawa. 

" 352, Pairy Hound. 

•' 196, Arnprior. 

" S3, Strathroy. 

" 16S, Welland. 

" 110, Prescott. 

" 23, Richmond Hill. 

" 333, Ilesheiton. 

" 300, Thorndale. 

" 140, Aylmer. 

" 52, Ottawa. 

" 90, Colling wood. 

" 139, Oshawa. 

" 258, Guelph. 

;i 242, Mallorytown. 

" 2, Niagara. 

" 216, Orangeville. 

" 50, Contecon. 

" 215, Ameliasburg. 

" 368, Brock ville. 

" 126, Campbellford. 

" 97, Sharon. 

' ; 322, Owen Sound. 

" 63, Carleton Place. 

" 137, Meaford. 

" 16, Tor« nto. 

" 104, Norwich. 

" 10, Simcoe. 

" 178, Plattsville. 

" 394, Thamesford. 

" 384, Parkdale. 


19th, 1892. 


19th, " . 


17th, " . 


25th, " . 


14th, " . 


14th, " . 


19th, " . 


19th, " . 


19th, " . 


24th, " . 


8th, " 


13th, " 


3rd, " 


3rd, " 


9th, " . 


11th, 1893. 


11th, •' . 


11th, " . 


14th, " . 


6th, " . 


6th, " . 


3rd, " . 


25th, " . 


25th, " . 


14th, " . 

April 15th, " . 

April 28th, " . 

April 28th, " . 


27th. " . 


1st, " 


10th, " . 


10th, " . 

. . Washington- Lodge 
..Chaudiere Lodge 
. .Granite Lodge 
..Madawaska Lodge 
. . Beaver Lodge 
. . Merritt Lodge 
. . Central Lodge 
. . Richmond Lodge 
. . Prince Arthur Lodge 
. Mount Olivet Lodge 
, . . Malahide Lodge 
, . . Dalhousie Lodge 
. . Manito Lodge 
. . Lebanon Lodge 
. .Guelph Lodge 
. .Macoy Lodge 
. . Niagara Lodge 
. . Harris I odge 
. . Corsecon Lodge 
. Lake Lodge 
. Salem Lodge 
. .Golden Rule Lodge 
. . Sharon Lodge 
. . North Star Lodge 
. . St. John's Lodge 
. . Pythagoras Lodge 
. . St. Andrew's Lodge 
. St. John's Ledge 
. . Norfolk Lodge 
. . Plattsville Lodge 
King Solomon's Lodge 

. Alpha Lodge 

The ML W. the Grand Master has examined, revised, and 
approved of Amendments to the By-laws of the following 
lodges : 





















" . 



" . 

.ran. 10th, 1893 

.Farran's Point Lodge, 

.Zetland Lodge 

. Simpson Lodge 

.Bismarck Lodge 

. Rehoboam Lodge 

.Spry Lodge 

.Great Western Lodge 

.Lome Lodge 

.St. Thomas Lodge 

. Lebanon Lodge 

. Stanley Lodge 

. Parvaim Lodge 

No. 256, Farran's Point. 

" 326, Toronto. 

" 157, Newboro'. 

" 419, Point Edward. 
" 65, Toronto. 

" 385, Beeton. 
" 47, Windsor. 

" 404, Tam worth. 
" 44, St. Thomas. 

" lo9, Oshawa. 

" 426, Tor. Junction. 

•' 395, Comber. 



Jan. 14th, 1893.. 

Feb. 6th, ' 

Mar. 16th, ' 

Mar. 25th, ' 

April 3rd, ' 
April 14th, ' 
April 14th, ' 
April 17th, ' 
June 3rd, ' 

June 9th, ' 

June 9th, ' 

June 12th, ' 

July 1st, ' 
July loth, ' 
July 15th, ' 

. Cornwall Lodge 
. Strict Observance Lodge 
. Beaver Lodge 
. Maple Leaf Lodge 
. Dufferin Lodge 
Windsor Lodge 
.St. John's Lodge 
. Maxville Lodge 
. Shuniali Lodge 
. Rehoboam Lodge 
.St. George's Lodge 
.Zetland Lodge 
.St. John's Lodge 
.Farran's Point Lodge 
. Wellington Lodge 


No. 125, Cornwall. 

" 27, Hamilton. 

" 83, Strathroy. 

" 103, St. Catharines. 

" 299, W 7 est Flamboro' 

" 413, Windsor. 

" 82, Paris. 

" 418, Maxville. 

" 287, Port Arthur. 

" 65, Toronto. 

" 367, Toronto. 

" 326, Toronto. 
" 4 », Hamilton. 

" 256, Farran's Point. 
" 46, Chatham. 

I have issued, by instruction of the W. M. the Grand Mas- 
ter, the following dispensations from July 28th, 1892, to July 
loth, 1893: 



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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master Officers and Members of the 
Grand Lodge of A.F. and A.M. of Canada, in the Province of 

Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : — ■ 

I herewith submit my Statement of Receipts ami Disbursements of 
Grand Lodge, for the year ending 31st May, 1893. 

The Balance at credit of Current Account at 

31st May, 1892, was $7,549 15 

During the year I have received from the 
(r rand Secretary the following sums, viz: 

On account of General Fund (21,073 27 

On account of Asvlum Fund 449 00 

21,522 27 

§29,071 42 

The expenditure for general purposes during 

the year was $9,230 78 

For Benevolence, includiog the sum of 8570 
to St. John, Newfoundland, and $80 to 
San Francisco Board of Relief 8,251 25 

For Investment, being a debenture of the 
Owen Sound, Grey & Bruce Loan and 
Savings Co., for five years from 1st May, 

1893, for $5,000 at 5 per cent 5,000 00 

$22,482 03 

Balance at credit of current account in Cana- 
dian Bank of Commerce, as per acknow- 
ledgment of bank officials attached to this 
statement $6,589 39 

The funds of Grand Lodge amounted, at the 31st May, 1893, to the 
sum of $81,589.39, as shown by attached balance sheet ; $75,000 is in- 
vested in the debentures of Loan Companies, the smallest sum invested 
in any one company being $5,000, and the highest $15,000. The de- 
bentures are in the custody of the Canadian Bank of Commerce for safe 

The attached balance sheet shows the amount at the credit of the 
General Fund and the Asylum Fund respectively, on the 31st May, 
1893, and the sums invested in the respective companies and the rates 
of interest. 



The Grand Lodcje of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons of Canada,, 
in the Province of Ontario, in account with Hugh Murray, Grand 


June 30 — Paid Grand Treasurer's salary to date $ 50 00 

" 30 — " Stenographer in Grand Secretary's Office 60 00 

" 30 — " Masonic Hall Association rent to date 43 75 

" 30— " Grand Secretary's salary to date 400 00 

" 30 — " Assistant to Grand Secretary, salary to date.. 200 00 
" 30— " J. B. Nixon, on account investigation re bene- 
volence 75 00 

July 27 — " Times Printing Company, sundry Printing. . . 144 75 

" 27 — " Expenses, Board of General Purposes 675 45 

" 27 — " Grand Secretary, advance for incidentals ... . 40 J 00 
" 27 — " Grand Secretary, balance of incidental ex- 
penses to 31st May, 1892 123 12 

" 27 — " General Masonic Relief Association, annual 

subscription 1 10 00 

" 27 — " Expenses, meeting (special) Committee on 

Benevolence, at Toronto, July 14th, 1892 64 50 
" 27 — " J. B. Nixon, expenses on account benevolent 

investigations 40 00 

" 27 — " J. B. Nixon, balance on account Benevolence 

investigations 1 10 55 

" 27— " R. Duncan & Co. , stationery 72 25 

" 27— " Copp, Clark & Co., for Certificates 497 06 

" 27 — " M. W. Bro. Henry Robertson, Report on For- 
eign Correspondence 1C0 00 

" 27 — " Rent of Opera House and Sundry expenses, 

meeting of Grand Lodge in Toronto 182 50 

" 27 — " M.W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, post tge, tele- 
grams, etc 199 10 

Aug. 17 — " Grand Secretary's expenses attending meeting 

of Grand Secretaries' Guild, at Denver, Col. 74 00 
Sept. 13 — " Hunter, Rose & Co., on account printing. . . . 1,003 00 
" 21 — " Guarantee Company of Noith America, Pre- 
mium on Grand Secretary's Bond 50 00 

" 30 — " Grand Treasurer's salary to date 50 ■■ 

" 30 — " Assistant to Grand Secretary, salary to date.. 200 00 
" 30 — " Stenographer in Grand Secretary's Office to 

date 60 00 

" 30 — " Grand Secretary's salary to date 400 00 

" 30 — " Hamilton Masonic Hall Association, rent to 

date 43 75 

" 30 — " M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, two years' 
travelling expenses, to the Hospital for Sick 
Children, Toronto 1,000 00 

Carried forward £6,425 78 


Brought forwa/rd $6,425 78 

Dec. 3 - — Paid Hunter, Rose & Co. on account printing 1,000 00 

" 31 — " Grand Secretary's salary to date 400 00 

" 31 — " Assistant to Grand Secretary, salary to date. . 200 0O 
'• 31 — " Stenographer in Grand Secretary"s Office to 

date 75 00 

" 31 — " Hamilton Masonic Hall Association, rent to 

date 43 75 

" 31 — " Grand Treasurer's salary to dale " 50 00 

" 31 — " Insurance on Regalia 17 50 


Mar. 31 — " Grand Secretary's salary to date 400 0o 

" 31 — '• Assistant to Grand Secretary, salary to date.. 200 00 
" 31 — " Stenographer in Grand Secretary's Office, to 

date 75 00 

" 31 — " Hamilton Masonic Hall Association, rent to 

date 43 75 

" 31 — '" Grand Treasurer's salary to date 50 00 

" 31 — " Trustees for Hospital for Sick Children, being 
amount voted ro M. \Y. Bro. J. Ross Robert- 
son, and by his direction paid to that In- 
stitution 250 00 

" 31 — " Benevolent orders, as per list 8,251 25 

" 31 — " Balance, as per balance sheet . . 68,407 14 

885,889 17 



June 1 — By Balance, as per balance sheet 804,815 90 

July 14 — " Grand Secretary 5,500 00 

" 14— " Grand Secretary 418 33 

Nov. 30 — " Grand Secretary, interest on bank account 93 34 

Dec. 31— " Grand Secretary 5,000 00 


Feb. 7— '■ Grand Secretary 5,000 0<> 

Mar. 23— " Grand Secretary 2,000 00 

May 30 — " Grand Secretary, interest on bank account. ... 77 19 

" 31— " Grand Secretary 2,984 41 

885,889 17 


Mav 31 — By Balance, as per balance sheet 812,733 25 

May 31 — By Grand Secretary, income on investments 449 (Mi 

813,182 25 

May 31— To Balance *13, 182 25 


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30 Chatham B. of R 

$10 CO 


320 00 

30 Chatham B. of R 

10 00 


Mrs. J. E. Bailev 

10 00 

30 Mrs. R. Vardon 

10 00 


20 ii'' 

30 Mrs. C. Bryant 

10 00 


Mrs J. Allen 

10 00 



Mrs McNeil Clarke . 

10 00 

31 Miss Mary Harris . . 

18 75 


Bro. Ira C. Warner . . 

25 GO 

31 Miss Lilian Harris . . 

18 75 


Orphan of S. Smith 

20 10 

31 Miss Mary Wilson.. 

75 00 


Mrs. R. Marcus 

10 00 



Mrs. P. Varney 

15 00 

31 Mrs. W. M. Wilson 

75 00 


Bro. John Scott .... 

25 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. Sharpe . . 

10 00 


Mrs. E. W. King.... 

20 00 

31 Mrs. W. Wilkinson. . 

20 00 


Mrs. C. Noble 

20 00 

31 Bro. A. Couper 

20 00 


Mrs. Robert Smith.. 

10 00 

31 Bro. J. W. Crate.... 

25 00 


Mrs. T. M. C. Law- 

31 Mrs. S. Inman 

10 00 

10 00 

10 00 


Bro. A. Couper 

20 00 

31 Mrs. P. Patterson. . . 

10 00 


Mrs. J. A. Blolt 

15 00 

31 Hamilton B. of R. ... 

50 00 


Mrs. J. C. Bogart .... 

10 00 

31 Guelph B. of R 

10 00 


Mrs. Geo. H. Rowed.. 

20 00 

31 Orphan of G. S. Bar- 


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5 00 
10 00 


5 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. Coulter . 

•Mrs. S. M. McCul- 

31 Mrs. John Kennedy. 

10 00 

10 00 

31 Mrs. John Brogan . . 

10 00 


Mrs. T. G. Shaw.... 

10 0o 

31 Mrs. G. Matheson . . 

20 00 


Mrs. Wm. Crawford. . 

10 00 

31 Bro. E. T. McClock- 


Mrs. E. W. Griffiths 

10 00 


20 00 


Mrp. Wm. Little 

15 00 

31 Bro. A. Bain 

25 00 


Mrs. G. T. Porter . . 

15 00 

31 Mrs. J. Hoitop 

10 00 


Mrs. William Jolley. . 

10 00 

31 Mrs. 8. Witmer 

20 00 


Mrs. A. Stares 

20 CO 

31 Mrs. G. Godfrey 

15 00 


Mrs. G. F. Pocock 

10 00 

31 Mrs. C. Bennett 

20 00 


20 00 

31 Mrs. E. Amsden 

10 00 


London Board of R . . 

25 00 

31 Mrs. R. Taylor 

10 00 


Mi s. R. Newberry . . . 

10 00 

31 Bro. C. Wilmot 

25 00 


Mrs. R. J. McAuslan 

15 00 

31 Mrs. A. Hill 

10 00 


Bro. R. Davis 

25 00 

10 00 


Mrs. R. Young 

10 00 

31 Mrs. 8. Waltho 

15 00 


Mrs. Isaac Nelson .... 

15 00 

31 Mrs. Issac L.Strowger 

15 00 


Mrs. Jas. H. Hickson 

15 00 

31 Mrs. R. Ratcliffe 

20 00 


Mrs. Wm. Tennant. . 

10 00 

31 Mrs. John Evans 

15 00 


Mrs. F. H. Blondheim 

15 00 

31 Mrs. Josiah Parker . . 

15 00 


Mrs. W. W. Nash... 

15 00 

31 Mrs. A. W. Tuke 

5 00 


Orphans of G B. Fras- 

31 Mrs. G. T. Porter. . . 

15 (XI 

10 00 

31 Mrs. J. McGibbony. . 

10 00 


Mrs. A. Goldsmith.. 

15 00 

31 Bro. H. T. Ross 

25 00 


Bro. J. C. Williams. . 

25 00 

31 Mrs. W. D.Hill 

10 00 


Mrs. A. Graham 

15 00 

31 Bro. Rob't Farquhar- 


Orphans of W.H. Mc- 

25 00 


5 00 

31 Bro. John Munro 

25 00 


Mrs. John Manning. . 

15 00 

31 Niagara Falls B. of R, 

10 00 


Bro. G. Hallock 

25 (0 



Benevolence — Coutin >u <1. 

Aug. 1S92. 

31 Mrs. Jas. Hagerman.xlO 00 

31 Mrs. Richard Phillips 15 00 

31 Mrs. W. J. Smith.. .. 10 00 

31 Daughter of .1. R. 

Steele 20 00 

31 Bro. Z. R. Rowe 20 00 

31 Mrs. Joshua G. Burns 15 00 

31 Mrs. W. A. Fowler. . 20 00 

31 Bro. P. Meyers 20 00 

31 Mrs. James Fitton. . . 10 00 i 

31 Mrs. A. Davey 15 00 

31 Mrs. Robert Gipson . . 10 00 

31 Ottawa B. of R 12 50 

31 Mrs. Alex. Miller.... 15 00 

31 Mrs. Thomas Sproule . 10 00 

31 Bro. James Bowman . . 25 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. B. Wallace 15 00 

31 Orphans of M. Mc- 

Phail 10 00 

31 Mrs. John Weir 10 CO 

31 Mis. Alex. B. Barclay 15 00 

31 Mrs. .lohn Kesteven . 10 00 

31 Mrs. William Blair . . * 00 

31 Bro. J. C Woods 25 00 

31 Mrs. C. E. Stevens. .. 10 00 
31 Mrs. L. G. Jolliffe ... 10 00 
31 Mrs. Wm. McCadden 5 00 
31 Mrs. Wm. S. Pick- 
haver 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. Wilson 15 00 

31 Mrs. D. Turner 15 00 

31 Mrs. John Thoburn . . 15 00 

31 Mrs. R. C. Carter. ... 15 00 

31 Mrs. James L. Young 10 00 

31 Mrs. A. Shillington. . 20 00 

31 Mrs. Samuel Forder.. 10 00 

31 Mrs. E. A. Martin... 15 00 

31 Mrs. Stanley 15 00 

31 Mrs. John Jackson. . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. C. Davies 20 00 

31 Mrs. Janes Miller.. . 15 00 

31 Mrs. Henry Hall 10 00 

31 Mrs. A. McPherson . 10 00 

31 Mrs. Jas. H. Wright. 10 00 

31 Mrs. D. G. Huff 15 00 

31 Mrs. Fred. Devereaux 20 00 
31 Mrs. Angus Kerr. ... 10 00 
31 Mrs. Alex. Thomson . 20 00 
31 Mrs. J. G. Fields .... 15 00 
31 Mrs. M. Vonsburg... 10 00 
31 Orphans of L. P. Man- 
hard 15 00 

31 Mrs. W. M. Hunter. . 20 00 

Aug. 1892. 
31 Mrs. T. Fowler... £10 00 
31 Bro. C. R. Barker ... 25 00 
31 Mrs. J. E. Deacon . . 15 00 
31 Mrs. J. T. Dinsmore. 10 00 
31 Orphan of W. Rey- 
nolds 5 00 

31 Orphans of F. Coville 15 00 
31 Mrs. S. Caldwell. ... 15 00 
31 Mrs. Adam Petrie. . . 10 00 
31 Mrs. W. R. Black. . . 15 00 
31 Mrs. W. Ramsay.... 20 00 

31 Mrs. W. Hill...* 10 00 

31 Mrs. John Zimmer- 
man 10 00 

31 Mrs. Jas. McKellican 20 00 
31 Daughter of R. H Lee 10 00 
31 Mrs. Robert A. Kirby 10 00 
31 Mrs. George Smith. . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. C. Graham 15 00 

31 Mrs. Thomas Elliott. 10 00 
31 Mrs. W. F. Jennings. 15 00 
31 Mrs. J. Middleton. . . 10 00 
31 Mrs. George Christie. 10 00 
31 Mrs. Walter Francis. 10 00 
31 Mrs. Thomas Reid ... 10 00 
31 Mrs. Joseph Garbutt. 10 00 
31 Mrs. M. G. Vander- 

voort 10 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. A. Harvey 5 00 
31 Mrs. W. H. Street. . . 10 00 

31 Mrs 10 00 

31 Mrs. Robert Taylor.. 10 00 
31 Mrs. G. L\ Edleston. . 10 00 
31 Mrs. Wm. Johnston. . 10 00 
31 Mrs. A. Goldsmith . . 15 00 

31 Bro. H. Griffin 15 00 

31 Mrs. Jas Christison.. 10 00 

31 Mrs. T. Stafford 15 00 

31 Mrs. W. W. Tuttle . 10 00 
31 Mrs. Wm.Sparman.. 2)00 
31 Mrs. Jas. Greenfield . 10 00 
30 St. John's, Newfound- 
land 500 00 

30 Mrs. Walter McKay.. 10 00 
30 Mrs. Wm. Sweeny. . . 10 00 
30 Bro. John Chasely. . . 25 00 

30 Mrs. J. J. Carter 10 00 

30 Mrs. H. Wellbanks 15 00 
30 Bro. Joseph Bond .... 25 00 
30 Mrs. Joseph Chantler 10 00 
30 Mrs. Angus A. Ross. . 15 00 
30 Mrs. W. C. Jewell. . . 10 00 





Oct. 1892. 

31 Mrs. Wm. Scott 810 00 

31 Miss Mary Harris ... . 18 75 

31 Miss Lilian Harris ... 18 75 

31 Mrs. W. M. Wilson. 18 75 

31 Mrs. Dan'l McLean. . 10 00 

31 Mrs. Aaron Bowman. 10 00 

31 Mrs. R. Campbell. ... 10 00 

31 Bro. J. Blackburn .... 25 00 

31 Bro. J. W. Ferguson. 10 00 

31 Bro. E. J. Halladav. . 10 00 

31 Bro. E. J. Halladay. . 10 00 

31 Mrs. \Y. W. Scarfliff. 10 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. Johnston . . 20 00 


30 Mrs. S. Porter 10 00 

30 Mrs. Jas. S. Laing.. 10 00 

30 Mrs. J. A. Malcolm. . 10 00 

30 Mrs. David Ross. ... 10 00 

30 Mrs. T. Stafford 10 00 

30 Mrs. T. G. Furnival. 10 00 

30 Mrs. John Bourke. . . 10 00 

30 Mrs. F. W. Corke ... 15 00 

30 Orphans of J. Leitch. 15 00 

30 Mrs. Peter Spence . . 15 00 

30 Mrs Leslie Wright . . 20 00 

30 Mrs. Geo. Gray 10 00 

30 Bro. John Dickson ... 25 00 

30 Mra. T. Courtnay .... 20 00 

30 Mrs. Geo. Middleton. 10 00 

30 Orphan of J. Erskine. 5 00 
3 » Mrs. F. Elkingston. . 10 00 


31 Mrs. Richard Hill ... 10 00 
31 Mrs. W. W. Reid.... 10 00 
31 Orphans of T. Palmer 20 00 

Jan. 1893 

31 Miss Mary Wilson. . . 75 00 

31 Miss Mary Harris ... . 18 75 

31 Miss Lilian Harris. . . 18 75 

31 Mrs. W. M. Wilson.. 18 75 

31 Mrs. John B. Gait. . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. David Robertson 10 00 

31 Mrs. Samuel Waltho . 15 00 

31 Mrs. John Brogan ... 10 00 

31 Mrs. S. Perry 20 00 

31 Mrs. John Wills 20 00 

31 Mrs. W. McKay 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. Spearman . 20 00 

31 Niagara Falls B. of R. 10 00 

31 Mrs. James Allen 10 00 

31 Mrs. A. Thomson. . . . 20 00 

31 Mrs.W. Richardson. . 10 00 

31 Mrs. C. Noble 20 00 

Sept. 1892. 

30 Bro. Geo. Mansfield. $20 00 

30 Mrs. Jas. R L. Smith 15 00 

30 Mrs. Geo. Gaslee .... 5 00 

30 Children of J. Welsh. 10 00 

30 Bro. S. Latimer .... 20 00 

30 Mrs. Wm. Agnew 15 00 

30 Bro. E. McNally .... 20 00 

30 Mrs. W. H. Hallett. . 10 00 

30 Mrs. D. G. Bridgeford 15 00 

30 Kingston B. of R. . . . 25 00 

30 Mrs. T. G. Hurst. ... 10 00 

30 Bro. Thomas Laing . . 25 00 

30 Mrs. Jos. Metherall. . 10 00 

30 Mrs. Rod'kMcLeod. . 10 00 

30 Mrs. Jas. Blue 15 00 

30 Mrs. John Patterson. 10 00 

30 Mrs. John Munro .... 5 00 

30 Mrs. E. Phillips 10 00 

30 Mrs. G. W. Shields... 10 00 

30 Mrs. R. Flood 20 00 

30 Mrs. H'y Richardson. 10 00 

3d Mrs. John McKellar. 10 00 

30 Mrs. J. C. Smith .... 15 00 

30 Mrs. R. Xancollas... 10 00 

30 Mrs. McK. Conklin . . 15 00 

30 Mrs. Rob't Carey. ... 10 00 

30 Mrs. E. Murphy 20 00 

30 Mrs. W. Richardson. 10 00 
30 Mrs. Wm. Richardson 10 00 
30 Mrs W. J. Bradley. 10 00 
30 Mrs. John Harvey. . . 15 00 
30 Mrs. D. McLellan. . . . 10 00 
30 Mrs. W. F. Living- 
stone 5 00 

30 Mrs. J. C. McEachern 10 00 

30 Daughter of T. Perley 10 00 

30 Mrs. J. K. Oliver. ... 10 00 

30 Mrs. D. Robinson. ... 10 00 

30 Mrs. Wm. Reid 10 00 

30 Mrs. Wm. Tandy. ... 10 00 
30 Daughter of S Wet- 

more 10 00 

30 Mrs. E. Handy 10 00 

30 Mrs. Wm. Leany.... 10 00 

30 Mrs. Wm. Coulter. . . 10 00 

30 Son of F. Yickers .... 5 00 

31 Mrs. Hamilton Howe. 10 00 
31 Mrs. Wm. Purney ... 10 00 

31 Mrs. C. Bryant 10 00 

31 Miss Mary Wilson ... 75 00 
31 Orphans of J. R. Tay- 
lor 10 00 




-Continw d. 

Feb. 1893. 

28 Mrs. John Weir . . . .$10 00 

28 Mrs. G. Christie 10 GO 

28 Mrs. Robt. Carey ... 10 00 
28 Mrs. J. McKellican . . 20 00 
28 Mrs. R. C. Carter. ... 15 00 
28 Mrs. McK. Conkliu.. 15 00 
28 Mrs. A. McPherson. 10 00 
2s .Mrs. W. W. Nash.. 15 00 

28 Mrs. C. Graham 15 00 

28 Bro. J. Chaseley ... 25 00 

28 Mrs. A. Baker 20 00 

28 Mrs. A. Davy 15 00 

28 Mrs. ( ;. Matheson ... 20 00 
28 -Mrs. J. W. Ferguson. 10 00 
28 Mrs. R. Ratcliffe .... 20 00 
28 Mrs. W. D. Hill .... 10 00 
28 Mrs. C. Bennett.... 20 00 
28 Mrs. H. Richardson. . 10 00 
28 Mrs. W. C. Jewell . . 10 00 
28 Mrs. W. Tandy .... 10 00 
28 Orphans of G. B. 

Fraser 10 00 

28 Mrs T. Armson 10 00 

28 Mrs. A. Goldsmith . . 15 00 

28 Mrs. W. Hill 10 00 

28 Mrs. A. Shillington . . 20 00 
28 Mis. E Phillips ... 10 00 

28 Mrs. E. Kester 15 00 

28 Mis. G. Christie 10 00 

28 Bro. J. C. Williams . . 25 00 

28 Bro. A. Bain 25 00 

28 Mrs. Wm. Blair .... 15 00 
28 Mrs. M. Vousburg. . . 10 00 

28 Bro. J. Blackurn 25 00 

28 Mrs. A. W. Tuke . 5 00 

28 Bro. Z. R. Rowe 20 00 

28 Mr* J. Fields 15 00 

28 Mrs. A. A. Ross .... 15 00 

28 Mrs. R, Young 10 00 

28 Mrs. G. F. Pocock . 10 00 
28 Mrs. H. Wellbanks . 15 00 
28 Orphans of F. Coville. 15 00 
28 Mrs. Isaac L. Strovrger 15 00 
28 Mrs. James Fit ton. . . 10 00 
28 Mrs. E. Murphy.... 20 00 

28 Mrs. E. Handy 10 00 

28 Mrs. A. Miller 15 00 

28 x\lrs. Walter Francis. 10 CO 
28 Mrs, John Manning. . 15 00 
28 Mrs. T. M. Lawrence. 10 00 
28 Mrs. J. J. Carter ... 10 00 
28 Mrs. Wm. Reid .... 10 00 
28 Bro. T. Laing 25 00 

15 00 
25 00 
25 00 
10 00 

10 00 
10 00 
20 00 
10 00 
10 00 
20 00 
10 00 

Jan. 1893. 

31 Mrs. R. Smith glO 00 

28 Mrs. T. Stafford .... 

28 Bro. George Hallock. 
28 Bro. John Dixon .... 

28 Mrs. George Gray. . . . 

28 Bro. R, Davis ....... 25 00 

28 Mrs. John Evans .... 15 00 

28 Mrs. F. Devereaux . . 20 00 
28 Mrs. Wm. Richardson 10 00 
28 Mrs. Jos. Middleton. 10 00 
28 Mrs. R. Xancollas.. 
28 Mrs. J. Zimmerman 
28 Mrs. R. Flood .... 

28 Mrs. R. .McLeod ... 

28 Mrs. W. W. Tuttle. 

28 Mrs. Wm. Johnston 

28 Mrs. Robert Taylor. 

28 Mis. R. J. McAuslan 15 00 

28 Mrs. G.L. Edelston . . 10 00 

28 Mr?. < George Godfrey 15 00 

28 Mrs. John Jackson . . 10 00 

28 Mrs. R. Marcus 10 00 

28 Mrs. W. Little 15 00 

28 Mrs. S. Forder 10 00 

2s Bro. R. Farquharson. 25 On 

28 Mrs. C. Bryant 15 00 

28 Orphans of L. P. Man- 
hard 15 00 

28 Mrs. W. H. Hallett . . 10 00 
2s Mrs. George Smith . . 10 00 
28 Mrs. Jas. McGibbony 10 00 

2S Bro. H. T. Ross 25 00 

28 Bro. E. McNally .... 20 00 
28 Mrs. Jos. Metherell. . 10 00 
22 Orphans of J. R. Tay 

lor 10 00 

28 Mrs. Wm. McCadden 5 00 
28 Mrs. L. G. Jolliffe . 10 00 
28 Mrs. John Kesteven . . 10 00 

2s Mrs. D. Robinson 10 00 

28 Bro. Joseph Boust . . 25 00 
28 Orphans of W.H. Mc- 

Bride 5 00 

28 Mrs. J. G. Burns .... 15 00 

28 Mrs. G. Gaslee 5 00 

28 Daughter of J. R. 

Steele 20 00 

28 Mrs. W. A. Fowler.. 20 00 
28 Mrs. Henry Hall .... 10 CO 

28 Mrs. A.Kerr 10 00 

28 Mrs.\Ym. Crawford.. 10 00 
28 Mrs. H. Griffin 15 00 



Benevolence — Contin vu d. 





Mrs. G. H. Rowed . .$20 00 
Mrs. John McKellar.. 10 00 
Mrs. Dugald McLellan 10 00 
Bro. J. W. Crate .... 25 00 

Mrs. A. Hill 10 00 

Mrs. W. W. Hunter. 20 00 
Mrs. A. Graham .... 15 00 
Mrs. J. Le Clear ... 10 00 
Mrs. T. G Shaw .... 10 00 
Mrs. Richard Phillips 15 00 
Mrs. W. F. Jennings. 15 00 

Mrs. R. Marcus 10 00 

Bro. E. T. McClocklin 20 00 

Mrs. J. Hortop 10 00 

Mrs. S. Witmer... 20 00 

Mrs. T. Fowler 10 00 

Oiphan of W. Rey- 
nolds 5 

Mrs. E. Handy 10 00 

Mrs. John Harvey ... 15 00 
Mrs. S. M. McCul- 

lough 10 00 

Mrs. T.G. Hurst 10 00 

Mrs. G. T. Porter.... 15 00 
Mrs. J. Parker 15 00 

Mrs. W.R. Black.... 15 00 
Mis. Thomas Reid. . . 10 00 
Mrs. G. W. Shields.. 10 00 
Mrs.. E. A. Martin. . . 15 CO 
Mrs. J. R. L. Smith . 15 00 
Mrs. E. W. Griffiths 10 00 
Mrs. R. Newberry. . 10 00 
Orphans of M. Mc- 

Phail 10 00 

Mrs. R. Hill 10 00 

Mrs. W. S. Pickhaver 10 00 

Bro. John Scott , 25 00 

Mrs. E. Amsden. ... 10 00 
Mrs. James Meller. , . 15 00 

Mrs. W. Wilson 15 0G 

Mrs. John Thoburn. . 15 00 

Mrs. D. Turner 15 00 

Mrs. R. Gipson 10 00 

Bro. James Bowman . 25 00 
Bro. C. R. Barker. . . 25 00 
Mrs. John Kennedy. . 10 00 
Mrs. E. W. King .... 20 00 
Mrs. William Jolley. . 10 00 
Mrs. A. H. Barclay. . 15 00 

Mrs J. Garbutt 10 00 

Bro. 0. Wilmot 25 00 

Mrs. C. Da vies 20 00 

Mis T. Sproule 10 00 


Feb. 1893. 

28 Mrs. W. J. Bradley . .$10 00 

28 Mrs. A. Stares 20 00 

28 Mrs. J. A. Mclnnis. . . 15 00 

28 Mrs. R. Taylor 10 00 

28 Mrs. M. Cronin 20 00 

28 Orphan of S. J. Benja- 
min 5 00 

28 Bro. P. Meyers 20 00 

28 Mrs. W. B. Wallace. . 15 00 

28 Mrs. J. C. Bogart 10 00 

28 Daughter of R. H. Lee 10 00 

28 Mrs. R. A. Kirby 10 00 

28 Mrs. W. Coulter 10 00 

28 Guelph B. of R 10 00 

28 Kingston B. of R 25 00 

28 London B. of R 25 00 

28 Ottawa B. of R 12 50 

28 Mrs. J. K. Oliver .... 10 00 

28 Children of P. Varney 15 00 

28 Mrs. J. A. Blott 15 00 

28 Mrs. W. Wilkinson . . 20 00 

28 Bro. A. Couper 20 00 

28 Mrs. J. E. Bailey 10 00 

28 Mrs. James Blue 15 00 

28 Mrs. M. Clarke 10 00 

28 Bro. John Munro 25 00 

28 Mrs. Isaac Nelson 15 00 

28 Bro. Ira C. Warner ... 25 00 

28 Children of Jno. Welsh 10 00 


31 Mrs. Peter Patterson. 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. W. Reid.. .. 10 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. Sharpe .... 10 00 

31 Mrs. Wm. Johnston . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. Sweeney 10 00 

31 Mrs. Jas. H. Hixon . . 15 00 

31 Mrs. J. E. Deacon 15 00 

31 Mrs. James Greenfield 10 00 

31 Mrs. T. Courtnay 20 00 

31 Mrs. C. E. Stevens ... 10 00 

31 Bro. S. Latimer 20 00 

31 Hamilton B. of R 50 00 

31 Orphans of Jno. Leitch 15 00 

31 Mrs. John Bourke. ... 10 00 

31 Mrs W. Purney . . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. John Pattison. . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. A. Harvey . . 5 00 

31 Mrs. W. Ramsay 20 00 

31 Mrs. J. Hagerman ... 10 00 

31 Mrs. J. Ketchey... .. 10 00 

31 Mrs. S. Caldwell 15 00 

31 Mrs. W. W. Scarcliffe 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. H. Street ... 10 00 



Benevolence — Continued. 

Mar. 1893. 

31 Mrs. S. Porter $10 00 

31 Mrs. G. Middleton ... 10 00 

31 Mrs. J. H. Wright . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. F. Elkingston . . . 10 00 

31 Mrs.W.F. Livingston. 5 00 

31 Mrs. T. Elliott 10 00 

31 Mrs. William Corner. . 10 00 

31 Mrs. William Corner. . 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. Agnew 15 00 

31 Bro. G. Mansfield.... 20 00 

31 Mrs. J. Vaux 10 00 

31 Mrs. D. McLean 10 00 

31 Mrs. J. C. Smith 15 00 

31 Mrs. J. Christison 10 00 

31 Orphan of S. Smith. . . 20 00 

31 Mrs. Jno. McKeller . . 10 00 

31 Mrs. W. Scott 10 00 


30 Mrs. Leslie Wright ... 20 00 

30 Mrs. T. G. Furnival . . 10 00 

30 Mrs. David Ross 10 00 

30 Mrs. T. Stafford 10 00 

30 Mrs. J. A. Malcolm . . 10 00 

30 Mrs. Peter Spence 15 00 

A which is frater 

..$10 00 

. . 18 75 

. . 18 75 

. 10 00 

.. 10 00 

.. 15 00 

. . 10 00 

Apl. 1893. 
30 Mrs. Jas. S. Laing . . 
30 Mrs. W. M. Wilson 
30 Miss Mary Harris . . 
30 Daughter of S. Web- 

3d Mrs. R. Campbell . . 

30 Mrs . F. W. Corke . 

30 Mrs. J. L. Young . 

30 Mrs. J. C. McEachem. 10 00 

30 Mrs. J. Chantler 10 00 

30 Miss Lilian Harris 18 75 

30 Son of F. Vickers 5 00 

30 Mrs. D. G. Huff 15 00 

30 Mrs. J. T Dinsmore.. 10 00 

30 Mrs. A. Petrie 10 00 

30 Mrs. A. Bowman 10 00 

30 Mrs. C. Brjant 10 00 

30 Miss Mary Wilson 75 00 

30 Mrs. Stanley 15 00 


31 Mrs. J. Munro 5 00 

31 Orphan of G. S. Barber 5 00 

Total $8,101 25 

nally submitted, 

Hugh Murray, 

Grand Treasurer. 
It was moved by R. W. Bro. J. M. Gibson, seconded by M. 
W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, and 

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It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M. 
W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson, and 

Resol red, — That the reports from the various District Deputy Grand 
Masters be received, considered as read, and referred to the Board of 
General Purposes. 


To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and Men nber% 
of the lint nd Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario ; 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

Having been elected by the brethren of Erie District, No. 1, 
to the honorable position of D. D. G. M. in said District, at 
the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge, held in London, 
on July 20th and 21st, 1892, I immediately proceeded to dis- 
charge the numerous and important duties of that office. 
Hereunder I submit a report of my proceedings as such D. D. 
G. M. and of the condition of Masonry in the said District, as 
concise as circumstances will allow. 


As was my duty, I have, during the year, visited all the 
lodges in the said district — twenty-two in number — the follow- 
ing details of these visits are submitted : 

McColl Lodge, No. 386, West Lome : My first official visit 
in the district was paid to this lodge in the month of October, 
1892. Owing to heavy rains during the afternoon and even- 
ing the attendance of the brethren was not as large as I would 
have wished, and as I am satisfied it otherwise would have 
been. A large number of the members of this lodge reside in 
the country, some miles from the place of meeting, and the 
heavy roads and rain rendered their attendance almost an im- 
possibility. Notwithstanding these unfavorable circumstances, 
twenty of the brethren were in attendance, including V. W. 
Bro. J. J. Walker, who is a member of this lodge. This lodge 
has been twice the victim of fire, losing heavily on each occa- 
sion, but I am happy to be able to say that owing to the 
courage and energy of the brethren the lodge is rapidly recov- 
ering from the effects of these reverses, and is making satis- 
factory progress both numerically and in the proficiency of its 
work. The lodge was creditably opened and closed in the 1st, 
2nd and 3d Degrees by the officers, but I had not the pleasure 
of witnessing the conferring of any of the degrees. Insurance, 


Windsor Lodge, No. 403, "Windsor : I visited this lodge 
on the 14th day of October, 1892. Although one of the 
youngest lodges in the district, Windsor Lodge boasts of an 
active membership of sixty-six. On the occasion of my visit 
forty-two of the brethren were present. I was privileged to 
witness the conferring of the 3rd Degree by the W. M.,W. 
Bro E. 8. Wigle, who, by the way, is an energetic and enthu- 
siastic Mason. I cannot speak in too high terms of commend- 
ation of the manner in which the work was done by W. Bro. 
Wigle, his Wardens, and other subordinate officers. Regular- 
m ity and good order are certainly characteristic of this lodge. 
R. W. Bro. Dr. Allworth, of St. George's Lodge, Kingsville, 
and R. W. Bro. A. H. Clarke, P. D. D. G. Ms., were present 
at this meeting. The prospects of this lodge are very bright 
with W. Bro. Wigle in the chair and an efficient force of P. 
Masters always ready and willing to aid him. Insurance $800. 

Leamington Lodge, No. 290, Leamington : I visited this 
lodge on the 1st day of November, 1892. There was a con- 
tinuous downpour of rain from the time I arrived in Leaming- 
ton until I left the next morning. As a consequence, the 
attendance at the meeting — twenty-two— was not as large as 
I anticipated. The 1st Degree was conferred on a candidate 
by W. Bro. W. A. Piper and his subordinate officers, in an ex- 
cellent manner. This lodge has a memberthip of forty-eight, 
is well officered and in a prosperous condition. Insurance, 

Naphtali Lodge, No. 413, Tilbury Centre : I visited this 
lodge on the evening of the 27th December, 1892, and installed 
the newly-elected officers. I had not the pleasure of witness- 
ing the officers do any of the work except opening and closing, 
which was done in a creditable manner. Unfortunately the 
W. M. elect, W. Bro. J. F. Grimes, was compelled by business 
exigencies to remove from Tilbury Centre to Brigden and the 
lodge was deprived of one who, I am satisfied, would have 
made a very efficient Master. The doing of the work, how- 
ever, was left in excellent hands, those of W. Bro J. W. 
Richardson, the I. P. M. This lodge is composed of splendid 
material, and I am safe in predicting for it a prosperous future. 
Insurance 8200. Eleven new members have been initiated 
during the year. 

Wellington Lodge, No. 46, Chatham : I paid this lodge an 
official visit on the 9th day of January, 1893, and was gratified 
to find an attendance of 50 of the brethren. The W. M.. W. 
Bro. A. H Von Everton, presided, and assisted by his War- 


dens, and other subordinate officers, conferred the 1st degree 
upon a candidate, in a manner almost beyond criticism. Rev. 
Bros. T. C. MacNab and James Birch, P. D. D. G. M's, graced 
the meeting with their presence. This and Parthenon Lodge, 
No. 267, meet in the same lodge room and are the most com- 
fortably " housed " of all the lodges in the district. As was the 
case, on the occasion of several of my official visits, the night 
was a particularly cold and stormy one, and the large attend- 
ance was to me " proof positive " of the Masonic zeal of the 
Chatham brethren. This lodge has a handsome surplus to its 
credit, and is in every respect a substantial institution. In- 
surance, 81.000. 

Central Lodge, No. 402, Essex : My official visit to this 
lodge was paid on the 25th day of January, 1893. Sixteen of 
the brethren were in attendance. There was no candidate for 
the reception of a degree, but the lodge was opened and closed 
generally in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees in an efficient man- 
ner. Seven brethren have been added to the membership roll 
of this lodge during the past year. The business interests of 
the lodge are well looked after, and the brethren meet in very 
neat and comfortable quarters. Under the guiding hand of 
W. Bro. Cunningham and his efficient staff of subordinate 
officers, the prospects of Central Lodge are very bright. Insur- 
ance, 8500. 

Parvaim Lodge, No. 395, Comber : I visited this lodge 
officially on the 26th day of January, 1893, and was received 
by twenty-one of the brethren, including seven from Naphtali 
Lodge, No. 413, Tilbury Centre, headed by their W. M., W. 
Bro. J. F. Grimes. There were no degrees to confer, but the 
work of opening and closing in the three degrees was ably 
performed by the officers of the lodge, led by \V. Bro. C. W. 
Scherer, the W.M. The brethren of this lodge are thoroughly 
imbued with the Masonic spirit, and guard carefully the best 
interests of the Craft. Two brethren have been initiated in 
this lodge during the year. Insurance, 8200. 

Highgate Lodge, No. 336, Highgate : In company with 
W. Bro. Dr. S. M. Dorland, of Rodney Lodge, No. 411, I 
visited this lodge on the 27th day of January, 1893, — driving 
ten miles for the purpose— the W. M., W. Bro. Dr. D. P. 
McPhail, assisted by his wardens, Bros. Crosby and Gillies, 
and his other subordinate officers, conferred the 1st degree on 
a candidate in a faultless manner. Twenty of the brethren 
were present, a very creditable proportion out of a total num- 
ber of thirty-seven (37). This lodge shows marked progress, 


and may justly lay claim to be one of the best working lodges 
in the district. It is fortunate in the possession of two Dea- 
cons, whose work it is hard to excel — Bros. Bailey and T. II. 
Ridley. Seven new members have been initiated during the 
year. Results show that special efforts ai*e being made by 
the brethren in authority in this lodge to approach as near 
perfection as possible, and they are making rapid strides in 
that direction. It is to be regretted that this lodge has no 
insurance on their excellent lodge furniture, but the W. M. 
assures me this will be procured at once. The brethren are 
occupying a commodious new lodge room. 

Thistle Lodge, No. 34, Amherstburgh : This lodge is the 
Patriarch of the district, and I had the pleasure of paying it 
my official visit on the 28th day of February, 1893. Fifteen 
of the brethren were present out of a membership of forty- 
three. A number of the brethren are mariners, and absent 
from home attending to their duties, hence the comparatively 
small attendance. There was no degree work to be done, but 
the W. M., W. Bro. John Patten, opened and closed the lodge 
in the three degrees in a highly creditable manner. Two 
new members have been added to this lodge during the year. 
I very much enjoyed my visit to the brethren in the historic 
old town of Amherstburgh, and the evening spent with W. 
Bro. Auld, of the Amherstburgh Echo, and other members of 
the lodge. Insurance, $600. 

Parthenon Lodge, No. 267, Chatham : I found myself 
within the precincts of this lodge on the 1st day of March, 
1893. Forty-two of the brethren had assembled to receive me. 
a highly creditable attendance out of a total membership of 
sixty. This lodge meets in the same room as Wellington 
Lodge, No. 46. I was pleased to again meet P. D. D. G. M's., 
R. W. Bros. T. C. MacNab and James Birch. The W. M., W. 
Bro. Charles R. Cape, and his subordinate officers, conferred 
the 1st degree in a masterly manner, and showed themselves 
in every way well skilled in the work, as on the occasion of my 
visit to Parthenon's sister lodge, Wellington. A very pleasant 
evening was spent with the brethren. Four members have 
been taken into this lodge by invitation during the year. 
Insurance, $1,000. 

St. George's Lodge, No. 41, Kingsville : This is the next 
to the oldest lodge in the district, and I paid it my official 
visit on the 2nd day of March, 1893 I am much pleased to 
have it to state that R. W. Bro. Dr. Allworth, P. D. D. G. 
M., who, for many years, has proved himself a true and 


faithful craftsman, and devoted a great deal of time and 
attention to the welfare of Masonry, has again entered the 
harness, and for the current year is officiating as W. M. of 
this lodge. On this occasion I was accompanied by R. W. 
Bro. T. C. MacNab, P. D. D. G. M., of Chatham, who assisted 
me in installing the officers. The W. M. and his officers con- 
ferred the 1st degree on a candidate (who had come over from 
Pelee Island in an ice boat), in a very creditable manner. 
Twenty -eight of the brethren were in attendance. This lodge 
has a membership of seventy-eight, having taken in by invi- 
tation six new members during the past year. This lodge 
has erected and are the owners of a brick block (in which is 
their lodge room), valued at about 83, GOO. There is an exist- 
ing indebtedness of $1,500 on this building, but, in view of the 
activity and enterprise of the brethren, this obstacle is by no 
means insurmountable, and will, in the near future, be pushed 
aside. It is worthy of mention that the Tyler of this lodge 
is the oldest in the district, if not in the Province, having 
occupied the position continuously for thirty-eight years. The 
property of this lodge is insured for $1,800. 

Kent Lodge, No. 274, Blenheim : I paid my official visit 
to this lodge on the 28th day of March, 1893. The W. M., 
W. Bro. J. Cruikshank, met me at the railway station, and 
1 was pleasantly entertained by him and Bro. J. K. Morris 
during my stay in Blenheim. Twenty-three of the brethren 
were present at our meeting. The 2nd degree was conferred 
on two candidates by W. Bro. Cruikshank and his assistant 
officers in a very efficient manner. This lodge has a member- 
ship of fifty, having added seven new members during the 
year, and is in a prosperous condition. A severe loss was 
sustained by the brethren of this lodge during the year, by 
tlie removal by death of W. Bro. Dr. Shaver, one of the most 
popular, active and enthusiastic of its Past Masters. This 
lodge has its effects insured for $400. 

Star of the East Lodge, No. 422, Bothwell : In company 
with Y. W. Bro. J. J. Stalker, I visited this lodge on the 26th 
day of April, 1853. AVe drove from Rodney, a distance of 
twelve miles, through a pelting rain, which lasted until after 
we arrived home. Eleven of the brethren were in attendance, 
a fair proportion out of a total membership of twenty-four. 
The W. M. of this lodge is absent from the town, but the 
work of the lodge is in good hands, those of W. Bro. W. R. 
Rickey, one of its Past Masters. The W. Bro. mentioned 
conferred the 2nd degree on a candidate to my satisfaction. 


Two have been added to the membership roll during the year, 
and this, the youngest lodge in the district, is in a fairly pros- 
perous condition. Insurance, $160. 

Rodney Lodge, No. 411, Rodney : I visited this lodge offi- 
cially on the evening of the 27th day of April, 1893, fifteen 
of the brethren being in attendance, out of a membership of 
thirty. The 2nd degree was ably conferred on Bro. J. C. 
"Whitney by W. Bro. T. W. Kirkpatrick, who was one of the 
fathers and the first W. M. of this lodge. As this is my 
mother lodge, and, as a natural consequence, held in high 
esteem by me, I will, to avoid being carried away by prejudice 
(which, however, might be pardonable), content myself with 
referring you to the excellent report given by several of my 
official predecessors, and simply add that this lodge is, at pre- 
sent, in no way less worthy of the same favorable comments. 
The brethren sustained a severe loss during the year in the 
death of Bro. Robert McCorkell, who, for several years, had 
been Chaplain of the lodge. Three new members have been 
added during the year. Insurance, $150. 

Tecumseh Lodge, No. 245, Thamesville : In company with 
Bro. J. C. Whitney, of Rodney Lodge, No. 411, I visited this 
lodge on the 2nd day of May, 1893, driving eight miles, from 
Ridgetown, in order to do so. This lodge has a membership 
of fifty-five, having added four new members during the year, 
and is in a highly prosperous condition. The lodge-room is 
very tastefully and comfortably furnished, and reflects great 
credit on the zeal and energy of the officers and brethren. 
Twenty-two of the brethren were present on the occasion of 
my visit, and the 3rd degree was conferred on a candidate by 
the W. M., W. Bro. Dr. R. N. Fraser. The Dr. is an able 
officer, and his assistants, in every way, capable officials, and I 
have seldom, if ever, seen the work better done. W. Bro. Dr. 
J. W. Stewart, of Pnyx Lodge, Wallaceburgh, was present at 
this meeting. The property of the lodge is insured for $400. 

Lome Lodge, No. 282, Glencoe : In company with W. Bro. 
Dr. S. M. Dorland, of Rodney Lodge, No. 411, I visited this 
lodge officially on the 25th day of May, 1893. Nineteen 
of the brethren being present out of a membership of 
forty-one. Owing to the fact that this lodge was 
electing its officers for the then ensuing year, I had not 
the pleasure of witnessing any work, other than the opening 
and closing of the lodge in the three degrees. W. Bro. French 
presided. Unfortunately for this lodge, the W. M. for the year 
then ending, "W. Bro. Alex. Mclntyre, a young but efficient 


and energetic worker, required for business reasons to take up 
his residence in Brandon, Manitoba. The I. P. M., W. Bro. 
French, assisted by R. W. Bro. Dr. W. G. Lumley, P.D.D.G. 
M., have ably looked after the affairs of the lodge, and the 
prospects are it will have a very prosperous year. V. W. Bro. 
J. J. Stalker was present at this meeting. My visit to this 
lodge necessitated a drive of eighteen miles and return. Insur- 
ance, 8600. 

Pnyx Lodge, No. 312, Wallaceburgh : I visited this lodge 
on the 29th day of May, 1893, driving eighteen miles, from 
Chatham, to do so. W. Bro. Harvey Morris is "Worshipful 
Master of this lodge, and is doing good work. Twelve new 
members have been added during the year, and a number of 
others have been balloted for and are awaiting initiation. The 
total membership is now 77. I had not the opportunity of 
witnessing any work, other than opening and closing in the 
three degrees. The brethren have a very pleasant and com- 
fortable room, and the lodge has, apparently, a bright future 
before it. The lodge is financially sound and carries an insur- 
ance of $400. 

Sydenham Lodge, No. 255, Dresden : My official visit was 
paid to this lodge on the 30th day of May, 1893. I arrived 
in the town at noon, and was very cordially welcomed and 
received by the brethren, W. Bro. French devoting the greater 
part of the afternoon to showing me the t: lions " of their very 
pretty and prosperous town. The \V. M. of this lodge, W. 
Bro. McVean, was unavoidably absent in Chicago, and in his 
absence W. Bro. J. B. Carscallen was in charge of the lodge, 
fifteen of the brethren attending the meeting. There was no 
work done, other than opening and closing in the three degrees. 
This lodge is substantial in every way, and carries an insur- 
ance of 8400. 

Hammond Ljdge, No. 327, Wardsville : In company with 
W. Bros. J. W. Kirkpatrick, N. S. Lusty and Dr. S. M. Dar- 
land, and Bros. William Morris and William Wilson, of Rod- 
ney Lodge, No. 411, I visited this lodge officially on the 6th 
day of June, 1893, driving eight miles in order to do so. Ten 
of the brethren of this lodge were in attendance out of a total 
membership of seventeen. At my request, the W.M., W. Bro. 
Arch. Purcell, exemplified the 1st degree, and all the officers 
performed their respective duties in a highly satisfactory 
manner, a special feature of the work being the excellent 
rendering of the J. Ws. lecture by Bro. A. A. Munroe. 
Although few in numbers, this lodge is doing good work, and 
is in a fairly prosperous condition. Insurance, 


Howard Lodge, No. 391, Ridgetown: I visited this lodge 
on the evening of the 26th day of June, 1893. Twenty of 
the brethren, out of a total membership of sixty-one, wei 
present to receive me, including the W. M., R. W. Bro. B. 
Paine, P. D. D. G. M., and R W Bro. J. A. C. Anderson, P 
D. D. G. M. The 1st degree was conferred on two candidates 
respectively by R. W. Bro. Paine in his well-known efficient 
manner. The brethren of this lodge have an exceptionally 
pleasant, comfortable and well-ventilated room. Appropriate 
and instructive addresses were given by R. W. Bro. Anderson 
and W. Bro. John Duck before the close of the meeting 
This lodge comprises a number of well-skilled and faithful 
Masons, and has every reason to expect a successful future. 
The business affairs of the lodge are well attended to. Insur- 
ance, 8200. 

Florence Lodge, No 390, Florence : Accompanied by Bro. 
J.C. Whitney, of Rodney Lodge, No 411, I visited this lodge 
officially on the 27th day of June, 1893. A drive of twenty 
two miles was necessary to reach the locality. This lodge has 
a membership of twenty-one, most of whom have, unfortun- 
ately, left the vicinity, although still retaining their member- 
ship. Ten of the brethren were present at the meeting to 
receive me. There were no degrees to be given, but the \V. 
M., W. Bro Walter Drew, at my request, opened and closed 
the lodge in the three degrees, and proved himself quite cap- 
able of doing the work. Insurance, 8125. 

Great Western Lodge, No. 47, Windsor : My last official 
visit to lodges in the district was made to this lodge on the 
29th day of June, 1893. This is one of the oldest lodges in 
the district, and has the largest membership roll, namely, 105. 
Forty of the brethren were present on the occasion of my visit, 
including W. Bro. E. S. Wiffle, W. M. of Windsor Lodge, No. 
403. I was much pleased to again meet R. W. Bro. A. H. 
Clarke, P. D. D G. M., at this meeting. The W. M., W. Bro. 
Walter Holdstock, opened and closed in the three degrees in 
an efficient manner, but I had not the pleasure of witnessing 
any other work. This lodge is also the wealthiest in the dis 
trict, having a surplus of about $1,800 cash, and its business 
interests are exceptionally well attended to. Insurance, 8275. 


I held two Lodges of Instruction during my term of office, 
one in the rooms of Howard Lodge, Ridgetown, on the 16th 
day of June, 1893, and the other in the rooms of Great West- 
ern and Windsor Lodges in Windsor, on the 6th day of July, 


1893. At Ridgetown, the three degrees were exempli6ed by 
the officers of Highgate Lodge, No. 336, of Highgate ; Tecum- 
seh Lodge, No. 245, of Thamesville, and Rodney Lodge. Xo. 
411, of Rodney, respectively, and in all three instances the 
work was done in a highly commendable manner. The de- 
grees were exemplified at 2, 4, and 8 o'clock p.m., respectively. 
The chairs for Highgate Lodge were filled by W. Bro. Dr. D. 
P. McPhail, W.M. ; Bro. Crosley, S.W., and W. Bro. John 
Murray, J.W. For Tecumseh Lodge, by W. Bro. Dr. J. N. 
Fraser, W.M.; Bo. J. B. Stewart, S.W., and W. Bro. E. H. 
Moran, J.W., and for Rodney Lodge, by W. Bro. Dr. S. M. 
Dorland, W.M., W. Bro. E. A. Hugill, S.W., and Bro. J. S. 
Robertson, J.W. Bro. A. A. Munroe, by request of the High- 
gate brethren, gave the J.W.'s lecture in his usual impressive 
manner. Fifty of the brethren of the district attended the 
afternoon meeting, and seventy-five in the evening. P.D.D. 
G.M.'s J. A. C. Anderson and B. Paine were pi^esent. 

At Windsor the three degrees were exemplified by the offi- 
cers of Leamington Lodge, No 290, Leamington, St. George's 
Lodge, No. 41, Kingsville, and Windsor Lodge, No. 403, Wind- 
sor, respectively. The degrees were exemplified at 2, 4 and 8 
o'clock p.m , respectively. The lodges were officered on the oc- 
casion, as follows : Leamington Lodge, W. Bro. Dr.W.A. Piper, 
W.M : Bro. W. C. Coulson, S.W , and Bro. J. E. Johnson, 
J.W. ; St. George's, W. Bro Dr. Allworth, W.M.j Bro. J. H. 
Cady, S. W., and Bro. Charles J. Ballard, J.W. The work 
was in each instance exceptionally well done. The giving of 
the J.AV.'s lecture by Bro. J. E. Johnson, and the conferring 
of the third degree by the officers of Windsor Lodge who. (I 
forgot to date, were W. Bro. E. S. Wigle, W M : Bro. Edgar, 
S.W . and Bro. Golden, J.W.,) are worthy of special mention, 
and called forth many well-merited encomiums from the breth- 
ren present. The afternoon gathering was attended by sev- 
enty of the brethren of the district, and the goodly number of 
110 thronged the room at the evening meeting. R. W. Bro. 
J. D' Avignon, P.G 8 W., and a member of the Board of Gen- 
eral Purposes ; P.D.D.G.M.'s R.W. Bros. T. C. MacNab and 
Milner of Chatham, Dr Allworth of Kingsville, J. A. C. An- 
derson of Ridgetown, and Kenning of the Manitoba jurisdic- 
tion, were present on the occasion. The criticisms of the work 
done, and the discussion of the several points raised, were lively 
and instructive, and, on the whole, 1 feel highly pleased with 
the marked success of these Lodges of Instruction, and feel 
satisfied that gatherings of this kind aid materially in advanc- 
ing the interests of the Craft in any district. 



During the year I was pleased to grant dispensations to the 
following lodges for the purposes mentioned : 

In August, 1892, to Parvaini Lodge, No. 395, Comber, to 
attend Divine service. 

In June, 1893, to Highgate Lodge No. 336, Highgate, and 
to Parvaini Lodge, No. 395, Comber, to attend Divine 

In December, 1892 — to Wellington Lodge, No. 46, Chat- 
ham, to Leamington Lodge No. 290, Leamington, and to 
Sydenham Lodge, No. 255, Dresden, to attend Divine service. 

In June, 1893— to Parthenon Lodge, No. 267, Chatham, 
to attend Divine service, and in July, 1893, to Naphtali 
Lodge, for the same purpose. 

I refused to grant a Dispensation to tho brethren of Pnyx 
Lodge, No. 312, Wallaceburgh, to attend in a public proces- 
sion clothed as Masons to decorate the graves of deceased 
brethren. The object of the request was certainly a laudable 
one, but I conside ed the accomplishing of it without ostenta- 
tion or display was more in accordance with the spirit of 

On the 10th day of April, 1893, at the request of W. Bro. 
C. W. Scherer, W. M. of Parvaini Lodge, No. 395, Comber, 
I officiated at the funeral of W. Bro. Wm. Mann, a Past 
Master of that lodge, and a worthy, energetic, and enthusi- 
astic Mason. About seventy of the brethren of Parvaini 
Lodge and Naphtali Lodge, No. 413, Tilbury Centre, were in 
attendance atd accompanied the remains of our deceased 
brother to their last resting-place, about three and a half 
miles from the village of Comber. 

On the 31st day of May, 1893, in company with R. W. 
Bro. T. C. MacNab, and W. Bro Alex. H. Von Gunten, 
W. M. of Wellington Lodge, No. 46, of Chatham, I 
had the pleasure of visiting Chatham General Hospi- 
tal, and was shown the beautiful room therein furnished 
at the joint expense of Wel'ington and Parthenon Lodges, 
Chatham. This struck me as being positive evidence and 
tangible proof of the spirit of practi- al charity that exists 
among the Chatham brethren, and as an example that might 
well be followed by the brethren throughout the jurisdiction 
when the opportunity offers. 

Now, most worshipful Sir and brethren, in conclusion I am 
pleased to have it to state that, genez'ally speaking, I am well 
satisfied with the condition of Masonry in Erie District, No. 1. 


The utmost harmony and good feeling seems to prevail 
amongst the brethren — the work is being done throughout 
the district with such a degree of correctness and uniformity 
as it will be difficult to excel, and the routine business of the 
different lodges is apparently in competent hands, and is 
promptly and correctly transacted. Brotherly love and 
charity are by no means mere words amongst the brethren, 
and both as individuals and as members of lodges, they at all 
times seem ready and willing to aid in the accomplishment of 
any laudable Masonic object. In two particulars, however, I 
consider it my duty to find fault with the brethren in the 
district. I do this in a general way, as what I have to say, 
applies to nearly every lodge in the district, and with the view 
of calling the attention of the lodges to what I consider obsta- 
cles in the way of their advancement. The average attendance 
of the brethren at the regular meetings of their respective 
lodges is not nearly as high as it should be. It is altogether 
out of proportion to the total membership. I have directed 
the attention of most of the lodges to this matter when mak- 
ing my official visits, and I hope my successor in office will be 
able to report favorably as to this particular. The other 
matter I think it well to report is the fact that the books of 
the different lodges show considerable sums in arrear for dues, 
indicating that the brethren are not as prompt as they should 
be in making their payments, or that the officers of the lodges 
are not as careful as they should be in seeing that these dues 
are collected. 

Thanking the brethren of the district for the uniform cour- 
tesy and consideration shewn me by them, their kindly recep- 
tions and greetings on the occasions of my official visits to 
them, and for the encouragement and able assistance they ever 
afforded and rendered me in discharging the important duties 
of my office, and wishing them, one and all, every success and 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

H. F. Jell, D. D. G. M., 

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To the Most Worshipful the Gi and Master, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Lodge of A. F. db A.M. oj Canada, in the Province of 

Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren, 

The annual report of St. Clair District, No. 2, for the year 
1893, is hereby respectfully submitted, giving in as few words 
as possible an account of my stewardship for the past year, 
and an approximation of the condition of Masonry at the 
present time in this district. 

After having appointed Bro. Robert Cocklin, V.S., District 
Secretary, who, though a member of Beaver Lodge, No. 83, of 
Strathroy, is a resident of our village, and, I may say with sin- 
cere thanks to him, has made a very efficient secretary, and has 
always shown a disposition to lighten my labors as far as lay 
in his power, I next appointed Worshipful Bro. R. M. 
Gunn, District Chaplain, whose election to W.M., in his moth- 
er Lodge, Burns, No. 163, increased his willingness to assist in 
any public ceremonies I have called upon him to perform. 
Both of the above district officers I now thank for their past 

During my term of office I had the pleasure of visiting 
every lodge in my district. And some of them which I thought 
required more attention, I have taken occasion to give a sec- 
ond visit. Here let me thank the brethren (both officers and 
members) for the universal courtesy, assistance and kindness 
extended to me throughout my official visits and year among 
them. And I must say that although I really thought my- 
self I might have done as much good to have said less by way 
of instructing officers, yet all has been taken as if with appre- 
ciation, and in every instance they, instead of showing the 
slightest resentment, appeared and were thankful for correc- 
tions and suggestions for their welfare ; and let me say here, 
that if I have ever appeared harsh, and said more than was 
necessary, it was for their good and the welfare of the Craft in 
general. Wo must all admit that it requires an unlimited 
amount of enthusiasm to keep up the interest in ritualistic- 
work when no work is coming in. But I have always made it 
a particular point in all cases to point out the fact that work 
on the floor of the lodge and the manufacture of degrees 
constitutes but a very limited part of free masonry, that be- 
ing compulsory on the officers, while the great work which 
may and must be participated in by all, even the most modest 


and unofiicious member is maintaining the principles incul- 
cated in our ceremonies And until every member feels the re- 
sponsibility of his obligations, the reputation, advancement 
and welfare of the Craft at large, and that he individually con- 
stitutes a factor in that power which is calculated to bring the 
Fraternity to perfection, until then the Craft will not have at- 
tained the object of its originators, the elevation of it as a 
body, socially, morally and Fraternally, till the world will be 
compelled to admit that there is more in Freemasonry than a 
mere name. 


During the past year we have been called to lament the 
death of several of our members. 

1st. Wor. Bro. French, of Oil City. Member of Alexan- 
dra Lodge, No. 158, Oil Springs. 

2nd. Likewise Bro. George Robertson, of Alexandra Lodge, 
No, 158, Oil Springs. 

3rd. Bro. Wilkinson, of Victoria Lodge, No. £6, Sarnia. 

4th. Bro. Samuel Scott, of Burns Lodge, No. 153. 

There are one or two more who have died during the year 
but were not reported to me. 


I have the honor to report, too, that every lodge throughout 
the district has contributed liberally towards paying my ex- 
penses ; not one delinquent, which, coupled with the history of 
the past in some districts, speaks well for St. Clair, No. 2. 

I have issued the following dispensations : 

To appear clothed as Masons to attend divine service. 

Alexandra Lodge, No. 158, in July of last year, 1892, and 
likewise in July of this present year 1893. To Huron Lodge, 
No. 392, Camlachie. To Beaver Lodge, No. 83, Strathroy. 
To Petrolea Lodge, No. 194, Petrolea, and to Leopold Lodge, 
No, 397, Brigden. 

I likewise issued a dispensation to Leopold Lodge, No. 397, 
Brigdon, to install officers other than on regular night of in- 


Alexandra Lodge, No. 158, Oil Springs, P.O., W. Miller, 
Secretary : I made my first official visit to Alexandra Lodge, 
on November 10th. W. Bro. Dr. Hanks, W.M., in the chair. 
On examination of the books I found them well kept, plainly 
showing \V. Bro. Millar, Sec'y, to be an efficient accountant. 
The work of the evening was conferring the second degree, 


which was done by the W.M. in a very correct and impressive 
manner, and (considering the small amount of work they have 
had in the recent past,) was well supported by his officers. 
On the whole the work was better than I expected to find. 
They hold their meetings in a beautiful, spacious, well-ventil- 
ated room of their own, and although their numbers are small, 
they contain many very enthusiastic members. I anticipated 
at that time that they were on the eve of an era of better 
days, which has since been verified. Number present, about 

Washington Lodge, No. 260, Petrolea, P.O., Thonias McDon- 
ald. Jr., Secretary : I visited this lodge December 6th, W. 
Bro. McHattie in the East. All the officers were in their pro- 
per places except the J. W., who had moved from the town. 
As no candidate was present (after the election of officers) the 
W.M. opened the lodge in the 2nd and 3rd degrees, which were 
done by them in a very creditable manner, and from what 
I saw I feel convinced that Washington, though not ahead of 
its old record, is capable of doing some very good work. I had 
the pleasure of the presence that evening of E. W. Bro. Sin- 
clare and a number of Past Masters, among whom I may men- 
tion W. Bro. Mott, M.D., W. Bros. Jackson, Trotter, Peat and 
others, who presence accounts for the enviable position Wash- 
ington Lodge hold in the district. I have very frequently 
visited this lodge in an unofficial capacity, hence I know them 
well. Their books are well kept, few in arrears, and on the 
whole it is in a very prosperous condition 

F« »rest U tdge, N< »'. 263, Forest P.O., P.W. Cambell, Secretary : 
I visited this lodge on November 20th, 1892, holding a lodge of 
instruction, at which over 200 members from various parts of 
the district were present. The 1st degree was conferred in the 
afternoon by W. Bro. Marshal. W.M. of Washington Lodge, 
No. 260, Petrolea, which, for his having been a newly installed 
Master, was most certainly done in workmanlike manner. 
After the various critics had had their say, I pointed out any 
and all discrepancies, of which I had taken note, and exempli- 
fied them myself. In the evening the first work taken up was 
the exemplification of the 2nd degree by the Eev. and W. Bro. 
(i. M. Gunn, W.M. of Burns Lodge, No. 1 53, which, I must 
say, was done absolutely perfect, after which the 3rd degree 
was exemplified by W. Bro. Goodyer (I. P. M. of Havelock 
Lodge, No. 238, Watford) in a very correct and impressive 
manner. When the criticisms ended, W. Bro. Hooper, W.M, of 
Arkona Lodge, No. 307, exemplified what he considered a 


correct manner of examining an applicant at the door of the 
lodge, which was most satisfactory and edifying, doing his 
part, I must say, in a manner better than I could have per- 
formed it myself. The meeting was a complete success. An 
enjoyable part of the evening's ceremony was the presentation 
of a P. D. D. G. M's regalia to R. W. Bro. William 1). Gregg, 
P. D. D. G. M., which presentation was made by V. W. Bro. 
Charles Mole, who had been principally instrumental in get- 
ting the same to completion. Bro. Gregg answered the pre- 
sentation in a very well appointed speech. Thanking the dis- 
trict for their kindness, I visited this lodge again on the even- 
ing of May 24th, 1 893, in company with V. VV. Bro. James 
M. Wilson, of Burns Lodge, No. 153. This evening W. Bro. 
Ports, W.M., was in the chair, and all his officers in their pro- 
per places. The books are well kept, and Bro. Ports keeps the 
fees and dues well collected. The 1st and 3rd degrees were 
conferred by the W.M., which, I may say, I was highly pleased 
to see that they were conferred in a most correct and impres- 
sive manner ; I must say that no lodge in the district has made 
more advancement in the near past than Forest Lodge, which, 
doubtless, is in part due to my predecessors and the enthusiasm 
of its Past Masters ; at present it ranks among the best in the 
district. Number present, 32 ; visitors, 7. 

Alvinston Lodge, No. 323, at Alvinston, P.O., R. Warner, 
jr., Secretary : Visited this lodge June 21st, 1893. W. Bro. 
Code, W.M., in the East. Owing to it being an excessively 
hot' night, only a few of the brethren were out. They 
have not had a great deal of work in the past six months, 
and consequently were a little rusty at work, though I have 
received their notices regularly, and by their books I see the 
meetings have been regularly kept up. They have a fair 
number of very enthusiastic members, whose perseverance 
and energy will no doubt keep the interest of the Craft to the 
front. Their books are very neatly kept, and dues well paid 
up. They opened up in the first and second degrees very well, 
and after giving them some instruction, and a good deal of 
encouragement, the lodge was closed, all glad to get into a 
cooler atmosphere. 

Victoria Lodge, No. 56, Sarnia, P.O., Very W. Bro. Chas. 
Mole, Secretary : Visited this lodge May 30th, in company 
with Very W. Bro. James M. Wilson, of Burns Lodge, No. 
153. W. Bro. McKenzie occupied the chair. A large and en- 
thusiastic assemblage of Masons were present. Members, 37 ; 
visitors, 10. On examination of the books, I found them 


well and very correctly kept, showing all that books should 
show at a glance. Very few members in arrears, and finan- 
cially, as in other respects, prosperous. The work of the even- 
ing, besides opening in the several degrees, was conferring the 
third degree, which was done in a most impressive manner by 
the W. M. On the whole, Victoria Lodge has not been in a 
more prosperous condition for a number of years than it is at 
present, and at the present prospects it will be but a short 
time till it regains its old status of being second to none in 
the west 

Bismarck Lodge, No. 419, Pt. Edward, P. O , Win. Mitchell, 
Secretary : Made this lodge an official visit on the evening of 
January 9th, 1893. Installed their officers, after which a 
most sumptuous banquet was partaken of, and an entertain- 
ment in the form of a concert was given a public audience of 
about 600 in their banqueting hall. I had the pleasure of the 
assistance this evening of R. W. Bro. Barker, Grand Senior 
Warden. A very large and enthusiastic assemblage of Masons 
were present, forty odd of their own members, and as man}' 
visitors, among whom were many American brethren. Visited 
this lodge again on the 8th of May, 1893, their regular meet- 
ing, W. Bro. Benjamin George, WM., in the East. Xumber 
present : members, 17 ; visitors, 9. The work of the evening 
consisted of the first and third degrees, the former of which 
was conferred by W. Bro. McKenzie, of Victoria Lodge, and 
I must say he did his work fully as well as he does it in 
his own lodge. He was supported by his own officers, all of 
whom were a credit to the Craft, and their own lodge in par- 
ticular. Lodge then opened in the second and third de- 
grees, when the W. M., Bro. George, conferred the third 
degree in his usual correct and impressive manner. Bis- 
marck Lodge, though having lost a large number of their 
members (owing to their removal after the construction of the 
international tunnel), still holds a very promising position 
among the best lodges in the district, and among all its re- 
verses, with its present and past enthusiasm, hids fair to hold 
its own It occupies a hall jointly with the I.O.O.F , which is 
spacious and beautifully furnished, the books well kept, and 
dues better paid up than the average. I would just say, I like 
the fraternal feeling exhibited among some lodges in having 
neighbor lodges assist occasionally. It stimulates all hands 
to do their work right, and automatically is a lodge of instruc- 
tion, doing away with the feeling and the saying, " there are 
none here but ourselves, we need not be so particular." 


St Clair Lodge No. 425, Pt. Larnbton, P.O., W. H. Mc- 
Donald, Secretary : - Official visit to this lodge was made 
December 27th, 1892 ; number of members present, 38. As 
ir whs their night for installation, I installed their officei's for 
them. W. Bro. Findly had been re-elected, which saved the 
time of conferring the P.M. degree on him. At the conclu- 
sion of the installation, a candidate for the second degree 
being in waiting, the W. M. conferred that degree on him in 
a very correct and impressive manner, supported by his own 
officers. This, though the youngest lodge in the district, is 
certainly among the very best as regards material, and the 
earnestness they exhibit for their own advancement, and that 
of the Craft in general. Few suggestions had to be made for 
their welfare, they being almost perfect, and, maintaining the 
same ratio of improvement, they will, in a very short time, 
both financially and numerically, stand at the head of the list 
for St Clair District. Their books are well kept, their hall 
fairly furnished, and every member an enthusiastic Mason. 

St John's Lodge, No. 81, Mt. Brydges, PO , R W. Bro W. 
Lindsay, Sec'y : Visited this lodge, officially, Jan. 31st, 1893. 
W. Bro West, W.M , in the chair. There had been a com- 
plaint lodged against Doric Lodge, No. 289, Lobo, with regard 
to jurisdiction, which I investigated that evening. Evidence 
of which I submitted to the M W. the Grand Master, which 
was decided in favor of Doric Lodge I had the pleasure this 
evening of meeting R.W. Bro. Alex. Hess, D.D.G.M , Dist. 
No. 3. The work of the evening being to confer the first de- 
gree, which was done by W. Bro West in a most clear and 
impressive manner, well supported by his own officers. Al- 
though their jurisdiction is small, and numbers not over large, 
they appear to be live Masons, keep the dues well paid up ; 
have a lodge room of their own nearly paid for, beautifully 
furnished. And I must say, all things considered, they are as 
near perfect with regard to room, furniture, work, dues, keep- 
ing their books, etc., as any lodge in the district. R.W. Bro. 
Lindsay being at present their Secretary, the books are a mod- 
el well worth copying. 

Beaver Lodge, No. 83, Strathroy, P.O , A. A. Cockburn, 
Sec'y : Official visit made to this lodge on the evening of Jan. 
6th, 1893. W. Bro James Boyne, W.M , in the East, and the 
minor officers in their proper places. The second degree was 
exemplified very efficiently, after which the lodge was opened 
and closed in the third and then closed down ; all the work 
was above the average, and for newly installed officers was ex- 


ceptionally good. The brethren in other parts of the jurisdic- 
tion might take a useful lesson from the brethren of Strut li- 
my in amalgamating small lodges ; they having recently united 
with old Euclid Lodge makes them one of the best, if not the 
best lodge in the district. The books were well and plainly 
kept, few in arrears and a good prospect for the future. I 
had the pleasure this evening of sitting with R.W. Bro. 
Whitehead, P.D.D.G.M., he being a member of this lodge. 
Members present, 3N : visitors, 9. 

Cassia Lodge. No. 116, Thedford, P.O., Bro. Brown. Sec'y : 
Visited this lodge Mar. i'7th, 18^3, in company with V.W. 
Bro. J. M Wilson, and R.W. Bro. I.P.D.D.G.M..W.D Gregs, 
of Forest The W.M. and all the officers were in their place*. 
The books are beautifully and correctly kept, few members in 
arrears The work of the evening was conferring the first and 
third degrees. The candidate in the latter degree was handed 
over to me after the signs, grips, etc., had been given ; the 
work of finishing that degree was done by myself. So far as 
the Master went, his work was correct and impressive : I may 
say, however, that Cassia Lodge has, in its make up, a number 
of enthusiastic P. Masters, and R.W. Bro. Geo. Holiwell, P. 
D.D.G.M., under whose watchful care and regular attendance 
the lodge can scarcely help becoming perfect, and to whose 
presence and advice it doubtless owes a great deal of its pi esent 
efficiency, and the high position its officers hold for correct 

Burns Lodge, No. 153, Wyoming P.O., W. Newall, M.D., 
Secretary : I made my first official visit to this lodge on the 
evening of January 26th, 1893, Rev. G. M. Gunn, W. M. in 
the East. The work of the evening was four candidates for 
initiation, two of whom were initiated by Bro. Gunn, Wbr, 
Master, who did the work in a most impressive and correct 
manner, supported by his junior officers very ably. Lodge 
then called off for refreshments, when a magnificent supper 
was partaken of and lodge called to work, when Very Wor. 
Bro. Jas. M. Wilson conferred the first degree in as correct a 
manner as T ever heard or saw it done. The fourth candidate 
being in waiting, I was asked to do the Master's part of the 
work, which I did. I may say of this lodge, it still holds its 
former record : not having lost anything under the care of 
Rev. Bro. Gunn. I found the books in very good condition ; 
more members in arrears than I think of advantage either to 
the lodge or to individual member-. 

I paid a second official visit to Burns Lodge, No. 153, on 


the 29th of June, W. Bro. Gunn, W. M., ia the chair. The 
work was to have been all three degrees, but, owing to the ill- 
ness of the candidate for the third, he was not there. The bal- 
lot being clear for the candidate, the W. M. conferred the first 
degree, and I may say, kept his former record. There might 
have been some improvement on the work of the junior officers, 
but the evening was so close and hot, it was impossible for an 
officer to do his work correctly (Burns Lodge is derelict of 
their privilege and duty, in remaining in so small a room, when 
they are able to build a better one. ) Lodge opened in the sec- 
ond degree, when W. Bro. Goodyer, of Havelock Lodge, con- 
ferred the second degree on a candidate. He did his work in 
his usual cool, correct, and impressive style. Very W. Bro. 
Wilson, to whom Burns Lodge owes so much of its correctness 
and prosperity, delivered the charges in his best style. The 

Secretary being absent from the country, Bro Dr. kept 

andkeepsthe record, which has not yet suffered from the absence 
of Dr. W. Newel, the regular Secretary. No. present, members, 
42 ; visitors, 10. Last regular meeting Bro. Dr. Coghlan, Dist. 
Secretary, presented his dim it from Beaver Lodge, No. 83, this 
evening was admitted by ballot and took his place as a mem- 

Havelock Lodge, No. 238, Watford P.O., F. Ken ward, Sec- 
retary : I met with the members of this lodge officially, May 23rd, 
1893. In the absence of W. Bro. Jemmison, W. M., who at the 
time was in Manitoba, W. Bro. Goodyer, P.M., rilled the chair. 
The work of the evening was the giving the third degree to a can- 
didate, which was most remarkably well done by the presiding 
Master, W. Bro. Goodyer, being well supported by his officers. I 
must say I was agreeably surprised at the masterly manner in 
which all acquitted themselves. The books were in good order ; 
well kept and balanced up to date. The lodge well furnished, 
lighted by electricity, and, on the whole, is made a most agree- 
able spot for the brethren to renew fraternal principals And, 
should Havelock maintain its present position, need not fear 
the presence of the most exact D. Deputy. No. px-esent, mem- 
bers, 22 ; visitors, 5. 

Moore Lodge, No. 294, Mooretown P.O., W. J. Brown, 
Secretary : Made this lodge an official visit on December 1st. 
Received that notice of their lodge nif eting, which was the 
first notice I had received up to that date. Their excuse to 
me was that the Secretary had moved away, and the W. M. 
R. W. Bro. Armstrong had to do his work. Lodge opened at 
8 o'clock, R. W. Bro Dr. Armstrong in the East ; number pre- 


sent, 10. As there was no work, and it being night of 
election of officers, T did not insist on their opening higher 
than the 1st degree, which opening showed that they had a 
faint idea of that part of the work on the floor of the lodge. 
T may say, however, that the J. W. was pio tan., the regular 
officer of the South being absent. I found that had been the 
first meeting held tdnce the visit of my predecessor R. W. 
Bro. Gregg ; I found, too, that among its members were en- 
rolled some enthusiastic, highly intelligent members, and on 
glancing over the history of their jurisdiction I fully made up 
my mind that there was materia] and ground for a first-class 
lodge. I advised them to mak« the effort, and promised as 
soon as they got to running regularly, to make them another 
visit, which I should have been happy to do, but have re- 
ceived no notice since, and presume they have not met. My 
predecessor. Bro. Gregg, advised the removal of this lodge to 
Courtright, there being a larger number of its members in 
that vicinity. And I am satisfied if the brethren of Moore 
Lod<re would take that course new life would be infused into 
it. It is evident the brethren resident at Mooretown could 
not take less interest in it than they now do, and in proba- 
bility would take a great deal more. Some of them spoke to 
me of the proper course to secure its removal, which I care- 
fully mapped out for them, but they did not see tit to act 
upon it. If they do not either pull themselves together in 
Moortov/n or remove the lodge to Courtright, I would posi- 
tively advise removing their warrant. 

Arkona Lodge, No. .'i07, Arkona P. (.)., Geo. M. Everest, 
Secretary : This is a rural lodge in the most romantic and beauti- 
fully situated little village of western Canada, nestling as it 
does among the few hills of this whole peninsula. I had the 
pleasure of making this lodge an official visit on the evening 
of March 2nd, 1893, R. W. Bro. Hooper in the chair. Books 
well kept. Posted aad balanced, with only one member over 
one year in arrears. In this respect Arkona Lodge bears the 
palm. The work of the evening consisted of conferring the 
3rd degree, and admitting one member by accepting his 
demit. The conferring of the degree was done by W . Bro. 
Hooper in a clear, correct, impressive and masterly style, 
being well and ably supported by his junior officers, whom 
he has trained to perfection. I was most agreeably surprised 
to find such a lodge, and such good work in a rural lodge. 
Their room is of ample size, well furnished and well kept. 
Number of members present, 21 ; visitors, 17:1 was accom- 


panied in this visit by Very Wor. Bra. James M. Wilson, and 
shall remember Arkona Lodge among the unique and pleasant 
reminiscences of life. A banquet followed closing, which was 
appreciated by all. 

Ionic Lodge, No. 328, Napier, Harrison Thompson, Secre- 
tary: Visited this lodge June 13th, 1893. V\ .M. Bro. Win. 
Sutherland absent ; his place was filled by W. Bro. P. M. 
Cameron, who, in absence of any work on the floor of the 
lodge, opened in the three degrees. Though this lodge has had 
one of its off years, and only one or two initiations, yet they 
meet very regularly, send notices as punctually as if work was 
abundant, and from the manner of their opening and closing- 
show they are on hand when any work comes in, and prove 
most conclusively that Freemasonry is not alone in the manu- 
facture of degi-ees, but in living in and out of lodge up to the 
principles of the Craft. I met their venerable Secretary, Bro. 
Thompson, with whom a half-hour's chat on Craft work is 
worth a long journey. Though nearly threescore years and 
twenty, he fills his post regularly, has not missed a night for 
a great number of years, and whose history, life, conduct, and 
regular attendance, puts to shame many young members. 
Though Ionic is not increasing numerically, it is all right : 
contains the bone and ^inew, socially and morally, of a very 
fine community, and with the dues all paid up : the books well 
kept ; a neat lodge, and the members proud of their Fraternal 
association. I am confident it long will remain an honor 
to the Craft, and a bulwark for good in the community. 
Members present, 15 ; visitors, 11. At close of lodge we par- 
took of a very welcome lunch, and dispersed at 1 1 o'clock, 
well-pleased with the visit. 

Dufferin Lodge, No. 364, Melbourne, P.O., W. Pierce, Secre- 
tary : In company with B.W. Bro. Whitehead, P.D.D.G.M , I 
made this lodge an official visit April 26th, 1893. W. Bro. Hous- 
ton, W.M , in the chair, the other officers in their respective 
places. Owing to the most inclement storm I ever witnessed, 
and this being a rural lodge, there was not a very large at- 
tendance. No. of members, 12 ; visitors, 7. Some work was 
expected, but, owing to the storm, the candidate was not 
forthcoming. 1 he lodge was opened and closed in the sev- 
eral degrees, which was done fairly well by the junior officers, 
and very efficiently by the W.M. The books were well kept. 
They have sent in their notices regularly, and I have no doubt 
but we may yet hear a good record from Dufferin Lodge in 
the near future. I gave them as much encouragement as I 
could, and hope for a good report from my successor. 


Petrolea Lodge, No. 194, Petrolea, P O., R. Scott, .Secretary. 
Visited this lodge officially on June 14th, 1893, W. Bro. Bur- 
gess, W.M., in the chair, all the officers in their proper places. 
The work of the evening was an initiation. The degree was 
conferred by another W. Bro. Burgess, I. P.M., the W. Master 
being somewhat indisposed. The work was done in a very 
impressive and efficient manner. I was sorry the VY.M. was 
not well enough to confer the degree, as his opening and clos- 
ing was well done. The officers had their work perfect as 
possible, and. like its sister Washington Lodge, the books are 
in a most complete condition. Petrolea Lodge, I may say, is 
the Masonic home of some of the best Masons of the west. 
R.W. Bro. John .Sinclair, P. Masters Mott, Jackson, Burgess 
and a lot of others, old and correct-living and working Masons, 
which make it impossible for it to be other than a most ex- 
emplary lodge, which lias a bright future before it. The books 
are kept by W. Bro. Scott, who may invite inspection to their 
neatness and perfection at any time. Arrears few, and num- 
ber of members present, 35 ; visitors present, 20. 

Leopold Lodge, No. 397, Brigdon, P.O., Harry Lacock, Sec, 
I visited this lodge Jan. 12th, 1893, W.Bro. Ward in the East. 
I had the pleasure of seeing him exemplify the first degree in a 
very careful, correct manner, fairly well supported by his junior 
officers, which officers will, after a little more work, be among 
the best in the district. As this was their night for instal- 
lation, and having no dispensation, I took the unconstitutional 
liberty to issue a dispensation and install forthwith, conferring 

the P. M. degree on W. Bro. . Leopold has the making 

and locality for a very tine lodge. I met with no better class 
of members : though scarce of work they have been extremely 
cautious in the material they have incorporated in their lodge, 
and will be a credit to the Craft, though their number is not 
so great as some of the sister lodges. The number of members 
present, 1 6 ; visitors, 2. Their books are well kept and balanc- 
ed, and few in arrears. A sumptuous repast was partaken of 
after lodge, and all departed well pleased with the evening s 

Huron Lodge. No. 392, Camlachie, P.O., Alva Tresler, 
Secretary : Visited this lodge officially on November 30th, 1892. 
in the absence, from sickness, of the M. W. the G. M., for the 
purpose of dedicating a new hall. Present — R. W. Dr. A. E. 
Harvey, D.D.G.M., as G.M. ; R. W. Bro. George Holwell, aa 
D.G.M. : R, W. Bro. R. W. Barker, G.S.W. ; R, W, Bro. W. 
D. Gregg, as JVV. ; Rev. Bro. J. M. Gunn, as G.C. ; W. 


Bro. E. B. Erb, as G.T. ; W. Bio. W. Newel], MA)., as G.R. ; 
V.W. Bro James M. Wilson, as G.S. : Bin. John Brown, as 
G.T. : Bro. B. McGregor, as G.8.D. ; Bro. X. K. Nesbit, as 
G.J.D. : Bro. A. McKay, G.8.B. ; Bro. Col. Fisher, as G.D. of 
C. : Bro. Dr. B. Cochlan. D.8., asG.A.S. ; Bro. Poole, as G.O. ; 
W. Bro. B. George, as G.P. Bros Win. Monelley, 8, Saun- 
ders, John Hunter, Guy Cambell, H. H. Hunt, as G.S's ; toge- 
gether with brethren from adjacent lodges, as follows : Have- 
lock, No. 238: Cassia, No. 116; Beaver, No. 83; Victoria, 
No, 56; Petrolea, No. 194; Washington, No. 260; Burns, 
No. 153 : Forest, No. 263 : Arkona, No 207, and Bismarck. 
No. 419. 

Grand L< >dge was opened in foi m in the banqueting hall of 
the building to be dedicated at half-past 8 o'clock, p.m., by 
the acting G.M., Dr. A. E. Harvey, D.D.G.M., who stated to 
the lodge the object of the present emergent meeting then 
assembled, and that the M.W., the G.M., had deputed him to 
preside. A deputation from Huron Lodge, No. 392, was re- 
ceived, which consisted of W. Bros. P.M. D. Macentire ; P.M. 
J B. Cairns, and W. Bro. Alva Tresler, who stated that they 
had been commissioned to interview tlie M.W, the G.M., and 
G.L: then assembled, and asked them to dedicate the hall of 
Huron Lodge, No. 392. The acting Master informed the 
deputation that their request should be acceded to, and direct- 
ed them to return and inform the \\ .M. and brethren of Huron 
Lodge, No. 392, that G.L. was now in session for the purpose 
indicated. When the deputation had retired, G. L. was called 
off for an hour, for the purpose of dedicating the hall of Huron 
Lodge, No. 392. A procession was formed of the above-named 
G. L. officers and members, which marched to the hall, Past 
Masters bearing the cornucopia and golden vessels, contain- 
ing the corn, wine and oil for consecration, the various offi- 
cers of G. L. being in their proper position. After their recep- 
tion by Huron Lodge, G. L. assumed command of private 
lodge, and proceeded to dedicate the hall, which was con- 
ducted according to the new ceremony. The W. M. and offi- 
cers of Lodge No. 392 then took command of their lodge, and 
permitted G. L. to retire, which they did, by forming into pro- 
cession, and repairing to G. L. room, where they were duly 
called on, and then proceeded to close in form at 9.50, p.m. 1 
may here say that the brethren of both Grand and private 
lodges were not slow to show their appreciation of the new 
dedication ceremony, in preference to the apology in our book 
of constitution. Private lodge was then called on, and opened 


in the third degree, which Bro.. F. Kennedy conferred in a 
most impressive manner. The junior officers, too, did their 
work in a most impressive manner, and absolutely correct. 
The W.M. lias not forgotten the old Ritual, but by it was cor- 
rect. Huron Lodge ranks among the most prosperous in the 
district, which speaks volumes for my predecessors, and Bro. 
Kennedy in particular. Xo. of members present, 34 ; visitors, 50. 
Visited this Huron lodge, No. 392, again, May 30th, 1893, W. 
Bro. W. Hugh Symington, W. M., in the chair. All the 
officers in their proper place*. The work of the evening was 
conferring the 2nd degree, which was done well by both 
master and officers. In fact I was pleased to see they had not 
forgotten their old instruction under R. W. Bros. Gregs and 
Whitehead. Their books, so far as the secretary was con- 
cerned, were well kept. Arrears not more than the average. 
On the whole. Huron Lodge bids fair to be one of the best 
lodges in the district. Number present, members, 22 : visi- 
tors, 5. 

T find nearly all the lodges have their property insured, and 
I have as forcibly as possible enjoined all to take advan- 
tage of that security, and keep all insurable property covered. 


During my term of office I have had reported me ten mem- 
bers for non-payment of dues. 


Considering the district, as it now stands, and comparing it 
with what it was 15 or 20 years ago, I found a very great 
improvement. In fact, language and space will not permit 
anything like a description. Too much praise cannot be given 
my predecessors, who for the past ten years ha \e worked in- 
cessantly for the benefit of the Craft. The improvement is 
not so much, or not alone, in the class of work done, but so- 
cially and morally there has been a general elevation of the 
Craft: classes "who once constituted a large percentage are now 
excluded. There may yet be an improvemement in some 
lodges, not so much morally, as there appears to be a strife to 
get as many into the lodge as possible, not considering the cal- 
ibre of the whole make-up which constitutes a man. In 
other words, there is a want of the number of those that con- 
stitute the backbone of society. In other lodges the brethren 
have had a care to get as many as possible of the leading mem- 
bers of society incorporated in their number. Again, in a 
moral point of view, there is a very great improvement : and 


brothers, for the sake of the Craft, just because they are 
Masons, are cautious of their conduct. Such things speak well 
for the Craft ; such things show that the principles uf Masonry 
as well as the letter are being learned and diffused in society. 
Again thanking my subordinate officers in the district, and 
the brethren one and all with whom I have met throughout 
the district, for the kindness, assistance and courtesy extended 
to me, I close my report. All of which is fraternally sub- 

A. E. Harvey, D.D.G.M. 

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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, officers and mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 
of Canadi, in the Province of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have much pleasure in placing before your notice this re- 
port on the condition of Masonry in the Third Masonic Dis- 
trict. This, I presume, will prove to be the most difficult 
part of my year's labor, for while on the one hand each lodge 
will want as much space as possible devoted to them, I have 
on the other hand to meet the Committee on Printing with 
the perpetual warning, " boil it down." 

As soon as possible, after assuming the duties of office, I 
wrote the secretary of each lodge asking that a copy of all 
lodge notices be sent me, as provided by the Constitution, but 
which, as a rule, is not adhered to by many lodges. My re- 
quest in this direction was very generously complied with, one 
secretary, however, declining to send them for the reason that 
some years ago his lodge had passed a resolution that no 
notices be issued, except a ballot was to be passed for an elec 
tion of officers to take place. Whilst in this case the non- 
compliance with my l'equest may not have been intended as a 
lack of courtesy, it certainly had that appearance, and I must 
add my firm belief, that there is no greater incentive to a good 
attendance at our lodge meetings than the issuing of the 
notices regularly to each member, whether any special busi- 
ness is to be transacted or not. Some of the secretaries, again, 
sent the notices to the D.D.G.M., until that particular lodge 
had been visited, and then seemed to forget all about it. The 
Constitution provides that a copy of each summons be sent to 
the District Deputy, and this rule should be fully complied 
with, as he is thus kept at all times fully posted on all the 
work taking place in his district. 

Of the twenty -seven lodges in the district, all have been 
visited once, and eleven twice or oftener. 

Corinthian Lodge, No. 330, London East : Visited this 
lodge on September 6th. There was a good attendance of 
members, and all the officers were in their places. One candi- 
date was advanced to the 2nd degree, and the work was very 
creditably performed. The lodge has a membership of about 
seventy-five, and the dues were fairly well paid up. Arrange- 
ments were being made to secure a new lodge-room, as the one 
occupied had to be vacated. 


February 27th : On this date I again visited this lodge, 
when I had the honor of representing the Most Worshipful 
Grand Master in holding a special communication of Grand 
Lodge, for the purpose of dedicating their new hall to the pur- 
poses of Free Masonry. There was a large attendance, and 
the brethren of X<». 330 were heartily congratulated on the 
neatness and convenience of their new rooms. A further re- 
port of this meeting will be found on another page. During 
the evening I had the pleasure, on behalf of the lodge, of pre- 
senting their I. P. M., W. Bro. .Stead, with a very handsome 
gold jewel, on which he made a suitable reply. 

Prince of Wales, No. 171, Ion a : I made a first visit to 
this lodge on September 9th. Apart from the Worshipful 
Master, almost every other officer was absent. This, however, 
I am pleased to say, was an exception to the general rule, as 
the Tyler's register showed an average attendance of nearly 
twenty, and which, in proportion to the membership, was cer- 
tainly a good showing. Several P. M's. were present on the 
occasion of my visit. Two candidates were advanced to the 
2nd degree and one to the 3rd. Considering the absence of 
the regular wardens, the work was well done. I noticed a dis- 
position on the part of some of the members to keep up the 
old-time habit of playing some practical jokes at the expense 
of 3rd degree candidates. This, I trust, will be put a stop to 
by all W. Ms., as our rites are of altogether too sublime and 
impressive a nature to admit of any jesting whatever. . 

I again visited this lodge on June 2nd, when I was unfor- 
tunate enough to again find both the Wardens and the Secre- 
tary absent in St. Thomas. I trust the cause of their absence 
was fully justifiable. There was a fair attendance. The W. 
M opened and closed very efficiently in the three degrees. 
This lodge may be set down as fairly prosperous. 

Cameron Lodge, No. 232, Dutton : Visited this lodge on 
October 5th, when I found all the officers present except the 
J.W., who was too ill to attend. There was work in both the 
first and second degrees, which was very nicely and correctly 
done. Some internal troubles, under which this lodge has 
been laboring for some years, have, I am pleased to say, almost 
disappeared ; in fact, just as my official year is closing, I learn 
that complete harmony prevails. The lodge summons for the 
April meeting contained no less than ten names to be balloted 
for, all of whom, I am pleased to say, proved worthy of accept- 
ance at the ballot Subsequent notices contained the names 
of other applicants, so that this lodge must certainly be classed 


among the most prosperous in the district. With this return 
of prosperity, I must strongly urge upon the lodge to see to it 
that only brethren are elected to the principal chairs, who, 
from the start, are competent to do their work properly in all 
the degrees, and any who are not thus qualified should not al- 
low themselves to become candidates for any office whatever. 
This remark applies to many lodges in the district, and will, I 
trust, be acted on more generally in the future. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 20, London : Visited this lodge on 
October 11th, and found a large turnout of brethren. This is 
not only the oldest lodge in the district, but is also one of the 
largest, having about 150 members. On the occasion of my 
visit two candidates were initiated. As this is one of the two 
lodges having permission to work under a different ritual than 
the others, I cannot consider myself a competent judge of the 
work done, but from the easy and regular manner in which 
Wor. Bro Smith and his officers discharged their duties, I 
must conclude that the work was very efficiently performed. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 209a, London : Visited this lodge on 
October 13th, when I again met a large number of members 
and visitors. One second degree was conferred, and as this 
lodge also works what is generally termed the Irish ritual, my 
remarks in reference to St. John's, No. 20, will also apply to 
No. 209a. This lodge is, in addition, the largest lodge in the 

I also had the pleasure of accompanying the officers and 
members of this lodge on a pilgrimage to Deti*oit on Nov. 
18th, when Wor. Bro. Rowat and his officers exemplified the 
third degree in such a manner as to call forth the most flatter- 
ing praise from such an eminent Mason as Most Wor. Bro. 
Innes, the Grand Master of Michigan, who honored the occa- 
sion with his presence. This was certainly the Masonic event 
of the year in this district, as most of the lodges appeared to 
be represented. Two train loads went from London and St. 
Thomas, and the brethren of Zetland Lodge, No. 326, Toronto, 
formed the third train. The banquet at the Wayne Hotel was 
an ample proof of the fraternal regard in which the Canadian 
Masons are held by their brethren in Detroit. 

Kilwinning Lodge, No. 64, London : Visited this lodge on 
October 20th, and in addition to a good turnout of their own 
members, there was a goodly number of visitors, including Rt. 
Wor. Bros. A. B. Munson, P.D.D.G.M., and R. W. Barker, 
O.S.W. One candidate was raised to the third degree, and 
the work was very efficiently performed. 


I again met the officers of this lodge at Delaware on May 
26th, when, as the guests of Delaware Valley Lodge, No. 358; 
they conferred the third degree, and, as before, the work was 
very nicely done. I very much approve of these fraternal 
visits between lodges, as they not only tend to a greater uni- 
formity of the work, but also their social advantages cannot 
be over-estimated. 

Sparta Lodge, No. 176, Sparta : Visited this lodge on Oc- 
tober 31st. If there is any virtue in the number seven, this 
would be a fortunate lodge, for that was just the number of 
members present on the night of my visit. I should add, 
however, that it was a rainy night, which may have kept some 
away. At the same time, this was the first meeting held since 
June 24th. Whilst the lodge has a competent Secretary, I 
must add my firm belief that the non-collecting of lodge dues 
has much to do with the want of interest manifested. The 
W.M. opened and closed very correctly in the three degrees. 
At this date (June 24th), I am assured by the Secretary that 
the prospects are much improved. Two or three new members 
have just been accepted, and the question of the delinquent 
members has been actively taken up, so that all things con- 
sidered, T am glad to report a better state of affairs than ex- 
isted a year ago. 

Mount Olivet, No. 300, Thorndale : Visited this lodge on 
November 1st, and met a fair turnout for such a wet night. 
The officers were nearly all present, and the Wor. Master open- 
ed and closed very nicely in the three degrees, there being no 
actual work. This lodge is in very good circumstances : own- 
ing their hall, free from debt, and a good sum in the Treasur- 
er's hands. 

I again visited this lodge on December 27th, when, assisted 
by the Very Wor. Bro. E. T. Shaw, of Merrill Lodge, No. 344, 
I installed the officers for the ensuing year. There was a large 
turnout, and, at the close, a banquet and concert followed, 
entirely in the hands of the ladies. This lodge is in good shape, 
although new members come in very slowly. 

St. Paul's, No. 107, Lambeth : I met the brethren of this 
lodge on November 2nd, and found a very large attendance, 
in fact, the Tyler's register shows that the attendance is al- 
most invariably good. Quite a number of P.Ms attend very 
regularly. One candidate was passed to the second degree, 
and the work was very well done by the officers, all of whom 
were present. The hall, which is unusually well furnished, 
is owned by the lodge ; the lower floor of which is rented for 


public meetings, etc., thus forming a source of revenue. There 
is a steady growth of new members, and I am sure the lodge 
has a bright future before it. 

Doric Lodge, No. 289, Lobo : Visited this lodge on Novem- 
ber 1st. I was quite surprised at the large turnout on such a 
disagreeable night. In fact, with all due regard to all the 
other lodges of the district, I must in all fairness say that Dor- 
ic Lodge is the best attended by its members, of any rural 
lodge. The hall, which is also well furnished, is owned by the 
lodge and is free from debt. One second degree was conferred, 
and the work very well done by all the officers. A good num- 
ber of P. M's, who take great interest in the lodge, are almost 
invariably present to assist with their presence and advice. 

A notice was handed to me at this meeting from the D. D. 
(t. M , No. 2 District, saying that St. John's Lodge, Mount 
Brydges, charged Doric Lodge with a violation of the Consti- 
tution, by initiating a candidate from the jurisdiction of St. 
John's Lodge without consent. 

I was present at an investigation held at Mount Brydges on 
January 31st by Right Wor. Bro. Harvey, and, from the evid- 
ence submitted, it appeared clearly that Doric Lodge had in 
no way exceeded its rights. Both lodges were well represent- 
ed, and everything passed off pleasantly. 

Delaware Lodge, No. 316, Delaware : Visited this lodge on 
November 4th, and although it was another stormy night, 
there was a very good attendance, the officers airbeing present. 
There was one candidate for the second degree, and, from the 
satisfactory manner in which he passed his examination, I am 
of the opinion that the lodge is well conducted. Owing to a 
large amount of other business, the degree was not conferred. 
I found that in the past the books and accounts of the lodge 
had been considerably neglected, so that the auditors had ex- 
perienced great difficulty in presenting a satisfactory state- 
ment of the lodge's affairs. In fact, some unpleasantness had 
been caused between certain members on this account. How- 
ever, a new set of books have been obtained, and I am pleased 
to state that this lodge is, at the close of my term, in a first- 
class condition. A protest was also made against this lodge 
by St. John's Lodge, No. 20, London, for initiating a candi- 
date without consent, who had not been twelve months in their 
jurisdiction. They further objected to the fitness of the can- 
didate. On enquiry I found that consent had been obtained 
from some of the London brethren, who spoke well of the ap- 
plicant, and, in addition, waived jurisdiction in the matter, 


while the brethren of No. 20 urged their objections and claim 
ed the initiation fee. In considering the case fully, and the 
fact that the applicant had been so near twelve months away 
from London, I disposed of the case by asking the brethren of 
Delaware Valley Lodge to apologize to the objecting lodge for 
invading their jurisdiction, and which I am told was done. 

I again visited this lodge on May 26th, when the officers of 
Kilwinning Lodge, No. 64, London, conferred the third degree. 
Will the members of No. 358 kindly read very carefully my 
closing remarks re Prince of Wales Lodge, No. 171. 

Tuscan Lodge, No. 1 95, London : Made my first visit to 
this lodge on November 7th, and found a good turnout of 
members and visitors. In addition to the Grand Sr. Warden, 
Right Wor. Bros. Munson, Hungerford and Simpson were 
also present. Work was done in the first and second degrees. 
This lodge claims credit for doing hrst-class work, and, from 
what I saw on the occasion of my visit, I must say that their 
claim in this matter was fully justified. 

I again visited this lodge on June 2nd, when Wor. Bro. 
Vanstone and officers conferred the second degree in a manner 
highly creditable to themselves. 

St. Mark's Lodge, No. 94, Port Stanley : My first visit to 
this lodge was on October 10th, it being the dedication of 
their new hall, which had been built to replace the one de- 
stroyed by fire. The ceremony was conducted by the Most 
Wor. the Grand Master, and will appear on another page of 
the Pi-oceedings. 

I again visited St. Mark's on November 8th, when I found 
a very good attendance, and the officers all in their places. 
Two candidates were advanced to the second degree, and the 
work was very nicely done. 

I made a third trip to this lodge on February 14th, when I 
installed the Worshipful Master and officers for the ensuing 
year. Notwithstanding the fact that this lodge lost all their 
effects by tire, the members have stood shoulder to shoulder 
and succeeded in refurnishing their new hall in a tirst-class 
manner, and are entirely out of debt. I feel confident that 
this lodge has a successful future before it. 

Nilestown, No. 345, Nilestown : Visited this lodge on 
October 29th, and found a large number present, and all the 
officers in their places except the J. W r . One candidate was 
initiated and the work well done. There were also two appli- 
cations received, so the lodge appeared to have plenty of work. 
Among the visitors were the W. Bros. Cooper, Rowat and 


Campbell, of London. Among the members were P. M's. Niles 
and James, two of the pioneer members of the lodge. I again 
visited this lodge on June 27th, accompanied by W. Bro. 
Cooper, of London, for the purpose of installing the officers for 
the current year. This business having been disposed of, I 
was asked, on behalf of the lodge, to present W. Bro. Joseph 
Wilson, P. M., with a beautiful gold P. M's. jewel, as he was 
removing into the jurisdiction of another lodge. Bro. Wilson 
made a suitable reply, and the rest of the evening passed in a 
most pleasant manner. 

King Solomon Lodge, No. 394, Thamesford : Visited this 
lodge on November 30th, and was much pleased and surprised 
at the large number present, nearly all of whom were members 
of the lodge. There was no work ready, but the W. M. opened 
and closed in the three degrees in such a manner as to fully 
convince me that the officers were all well up in their work. 
This lodge has also suffered from fire, and whilst arranging for 
a new building on their lot, are occupying a rented hall. The 
lodge's prospects seem very encouraging for the future. I am 
quite at a loss to understand how this lodge came to be placed 
in No. 3 district, as their natural home is most assuredly in 
No. 6 district, and the members to whom I spoke on the sub- 
ject were quite in favor of being in the latter district. 

St. Thomas Lodge, No. 44, St. Thomas : Visited this lodge 
on December 1st. It being election night there was a very 
good turnout of members. No degree work was undertaken, 
as the evening was fully occupied with other business. This 
is one of the largest lodges in the district, and its financial 
affairs, under the guidance of R. W. Bro. Slater, are in a 
most healthy condition as well as very neatly kept. 

I again visited this lodge on June 1st, on which occasion 
there was a large number of visitors as well as members. One 
3rd degree was conferred, and the work very nicely done, only 
I must ask this lodge also to make a note of my closing remarks 
regarding No. 171. When the members of St. David's Lodge 
recently lost their beautiful hall by fire, the brethren of No. 
44 at once generously placed the use of their rooms at the 
disposal of their brethren. 

St. George's Lodge, No. 42, London : Visited this lodge on 
December 7th. The officers were all present except the Dea- 
cons. One 3rd degree was conferred, and the work done in 
such a manner as to reflect much credit on W. Bro. Luscombe, 
who at the time was almost too ill to be away from his own 
home. This was also the occasion of the annual election of 


officers, so there was a very good attendance of members, as 
well as quite a number of visitors. I fully hoped to make a 
second visit to this lodge, but the time was not at my disposal, 
however, I had an opportunity of seeing the new officers of 
this lodge exemplify the third degree in a very satisfactory 
manner at a Lodge of Instruction, held in London on April 

King Solomon Lodge, No. 378, London West: Visited this 
lodge on December 9th, and found the officers all present ex- 
cept the J.W., who was absent, owing to sickness. There was 
a good attendance of members and visitors, including Past 
Master ex-Mayor McCully, of St. Thomas, who accompanied 
me on the trip. One 2nd degree was conferred, and the work 
well done. It being the annual election of officers, the balance 
of the evening was devoted to this business. Notwithstanding 
the fact that this lodge, in common with a good many others, 
has been obliged to suspend quite a number of delinquent 
members, at the same time its financial affairs are in good 
shape and carefully watched over by the Treasurer, R. W. 
Bro. Simpson, P.D.D.G.M., who is almost invariably on hand 
at lodge meetings. The officers for this year, with Mayor 
Essery as W. M., are, I am assured, making good records for 
themselves as skilled Craftsmen. 

L T nion Lodge, No. 380, London : I made my official visit 
to this, the youngest of the city lodges, on December 12th. 
The attendance was certainly the largest that I had met at 
any of my visits during the year. This was also the occasion of 
the annual election of officers, and no other work was taken up. 
Like No 378, this lodge has had the unpleasant duty of sus- 
pending quite a number of members for N. P. D., and I trust 
that all lodges will see to it hereafter that more active mea- 
sures are taken for the collection of dues, before the amount 
gets so large that it becomes burdensome to the members as 
well as the loW^e. 

I again visiued this lodge on the 12th, but owing to the ex- 
treme heat the attendance was not up to the average. No work 
was taken up other than routine, and the evening was pleasantly 
passed in a social way, with speeches, etc. 

This concluded my visits to the London Lodges, and I wish 
just here to say to the brethren in all other parts of the dis- 
trict, that I could not help but notice how much better all the 
candidates were posted in their examinations before advance- 
ment, in London than elsewhere. I trust this intimation will 
be fully appreciated throughout the district, and that in the 


future no candidate will be advanced to a superior degree 
until a thorough examination, including the O. B., has been 
passed in open lodge, in the preceding degree. 

Moffatt Lodge, No 399, Harrietsville : Visited this lodge 
on December 28th, and found a fairly good turnout consider- 
ing it is not only the smallest lodge in the district, but in the 
province as well. I am glad to report a decided improvement 
in the condition of this lodge to what has been reported for 
some years past. On the occasion of my visit one candidate 
was raised to the third degree. The W M. not having had 
previous work in this degree, was assisted in a portion of the 
ceremony, but up to the time that he gave up the gavel he 
did the work quite well. Since my visit there has been degree 
work at almost every meeting, and at a recent Lodge of Instruc- 
tion W. Bro. Scott and his officers did the second degree very 
nicely. The lodge meets in a rented hall and for which only 
nominal rent is paid. 

Malahide Lodge, No. 140, Aylmer. — In company with V. 
W. Bro. Long, Grand Steward, and W. Bros. Caughell and 
McCully, of St. Thomas, I visited this lodge on Jan. 24th, 
as is usual in this stirring little town, there was a large 
attendance of members and quite a fair number of visitors. 
Tw< > candidates were given the third degree, and the work 
certainly reflected great credit on W. Bro. Clark and his offi- 
cers. There is, perhaps, no town in Canada, for its size, where 
the degree work in all social and fraternal societies is kept at 
so high a standard as in Aylmer. I found everything in con- 
nection with the lodge in a prosperous condition, and there 
was really no occasion for me to make a second visit, which I 
am sure I would have enjoyed very much. 

Merrill Lodge, No. 344, Dorchester : Visited this lodge on 
January 25th, accompanied by R. W. Bro. Munson, and W. 
Bro. Cooper, of London. There was no degree work done, in 
fact previous reports for two or three years show that this 
lodge has not been growing to any extent' foi ^me time. On 
the occasion of my visit, however, there were two applications 
received, and subsequent lodge notices contain the names of 
other applicants, so that the officers are being favored with 
more work. 

I held a Lodge of Instruction in this lodge room to which 
reference will be made later on, when the officers of this lodge 
exemplified the first degree in a first class manner. The lodge 
owns the hall and keeps fairly well insured. 

Henderson Lodge, No. 388, Ilderton : Visited this lodge on 


•Tan. 30th. The brethren were somewhat late in getting ready to 
open lodge, due, in part, no doubt to the fact that there was 
no degree work to be done. The W. Master opened and closed 
very efficiently in the three degrees. This is the best furnished 
of any lodge room outside of the cities, in the district. The 
members are also better than the average in attendance at 
lodge duties. 

Middlesex Lodge, No. 379, Bryanston : The only opportun- 
ity I had of visiting this lodge was on March 2nd, when as the 
representative of the Grand Master, I held a special communica- 
tion of Grand Lodge for the purpose of dedicating their new hall 
to the purposes of Freemasonry. A list of those assisting me 
will be found on another page of the proceedings. 

The hall, or shed rather, in which this lodge has been held 
for ^mie years, must, I am sure, have had much to do with its 
lack of growth and interest. On removing to their new hall 
I had hoped to see signs of new life and vigor, but, which thus 
far have not been realized. I earnestly urge upon my suc- 
cessor the need of his careful attention to this lodge, and, 
which, I regret, I was unable to give. 

This lodge has been charged with invading the territory of 
Mount Olivet Lodge, No. 300. I settled the matter as I 
thought the circumstances would justify. I trust that all 
parties will be satisfied, and complete harmony be restored. 

St. David's Lodge, No. 302, St. Thomas : As this is the 
lodge of which I am a member, I have in a semi-official way 
attended at least a dozen of its meetings the past year. 

On Oct. 10th, a special communication of Grand Lodge was 
summoned, when the M.W. the Grand Master dedicated their 
new hall to Freemasonry. There was no nicer or more ap- 
propriate lodge room in Western Ontario, and everything was 
prospering nicely until April, when the lodge room was de- 
stroyed by fire : the books and papers alone being saved. 
There was a moderate insurance on the contents. For two 
years in succession this lodge has had the misfortune to have 
their W.M. move out of the jurisdiction about midway in his 
term, and the consequence has been that the work generally has 
not been quite as well done as it should have been. The Deacons 
particularly have been very irregular in attendance. The 
membership of this lodge is very largely composed of railway 
men, who find it next to impossible to attend every meeting. 

T installed the officers for the current year on June 24th, 
and I feel satisfied that there will be a good attendance and a 
better rendering of work. 


The lodge is in a good shape both socially and financially 
and stands fourth on the district in membership. They meet 
at present in the rooms of St. Thomas Lodge, No. 44. 

Warren Lodge, No. 1 20, Fingal : Visited this lodge on April 
25th, accompanied by Bro. Dr. Lawrence. There was a fair 
attendance, and the officers were all present except the W.M. 
whose business required him to be away from home a large portion 
of his time. The chair was occupied by W. Bro. Campbell, 
I. P.M. ; on whom the lodge seemed to rely very largely. 
There was work to be done but the candidate was unable to be 
present. The lodge was opened and closed very nicely in the 
three degrees. I think the outlook of the lodge is improving. 
They own their hall, are free from debt, and have some money 
ahead. The books, too, are well and properly kept by the 
Secretary, W. Bro. Burwell. There was no insurance on the 
property ; but a committee was appointed to attend to the 
matter at once. 

Belmont Lodge, No. 1 90, Belmont : I visited this lodge 
on the 21st of June. There was a large attendance, 
including visitors from London, Nilestown, and Harriets- 
ville. There was no degree work ; in fact, this is one 
of the three lodges that have reported no degree work during 
the year. The election of officers took place, and from the 
brethren selected I shall hope for a far more prosperous year. 
Before closing the lodge, at the request of the Wor. Master 
I had the agreeable task of presenting the Secretary, Rt. 
Wor. Bro. Boyd, P.D.D.G.M., on behalf of his brethren, with a 
very beautiful and expensive set of Grand Lodge regalia, ac- 
cording to his rank. The Rt. Wor. Brother replied in feeling 
terms, and the pleasant meeting wound up with songs and 
feasting. " Happy to meet, sorry to part," and happy to 
meet again." 


During the year I called three Lodges of Instruction, all 
of which were well attended. 

The first of these was held in the Masonic Hall, St. 
Thomas (east end), on Feb. 27th. At the afternoon session, in 
the unavoidable absence of the officers of Cameron Lodge, 232, 
Dutton, Wor. Bro. Crinklaw, Past Master St. Paul's Lodge, 
No. 107, with a selection of officers from various lodges, con- 
ferred the first degree. Considering the circumstances, and 
the time since the brother had been in the chair, the work was 
exceedingly well done. In the evening, Wor. Bro. McPher- 
son and his officers, of St. Paul's Lodge, exemplified the degree 
in such a manner as to leave little or no room for criticism. 


After this, Wor. Bro. Rutherford, P.M., and the officers of 
Malahide Lodge, No. 140, Aylmer, conferred the third degree. 
Seldom, if ever, have I listened to a more correct rendering of 
this beautiful degree, and all taking part came in for a well 
deserved share of praise . 

A second lodge of this kind was called in the Masonic 
Temple, London, on Friday, April 7th. At the afternoon 
session, Wor. Bro. W. C. Harris, P. M., and the officers of 
Delaware Valley Lodge, No. 358, illustrated the first degree. 
At no time during my term of office did I see the work in 
this degree as well performed as on this occasion, the lecture 
by J. W. (Bro. Halliday) being entirely perfect. At the 
evening session, Wor. Bro. McDougall and officers of Niles- 
town Lodge, No. 345, worked the second degree ; and Wor. 
Bro Nellis, and officers of St. George's Lodge, No. 42, Lon- 
don, the third degree. In both instances the work was ex- 
ceedingly well done, and ample proof given that the work in 
rural lodges can be quite as efficiently performed as in the 

Among the visitors at this meeting were Rt. Wor. Bros. 
Barker, Simpson, Dewar, Hungerford, Munson, Robson and 
Porte. Very Wor. Bros. Rowat, Burke, Clark and Ellis, 
besides the W. M.'s and P. M's, and quite a number of others. 
Several minor points were raised, and I trust satisfactorily 
disposed of. 

On Her Majesty's birthday, May 24th, the third Lodge of 
Instruction was convened at Dorchester Station The attend- 
ance was not so large, but the interest was well maintained 
throughout. In the afternoon, Wor. Bro. Shaw and his 
officers, of Merrill Lodge, No. 344, initiated a candidate, and 
although this lodge had not been favored with much degree 
work for some time, all the officers did their parts remark- 
ably well. Many lodges miss a very beautiful part of this 
degree by leaving out the lecture on the Tracing Board. I 
trust all J. W's. will see to it that in future no omissions of 
this kind will occur. 

At the evening meeting, Wor. Bro. Scott; and officers of 
Moffatt Lodge No. 399, Harrietsville, exemplified the second 
degree, and Wor. Bro. Kennedy and the officers of King Solo- 
mon Lodge, No. 394, Thamesford, the third degree. 

Moffatt Lodge is the smallest in membership in our entire 
jurisdiction, and it is particularly gratifying to notice the 
great improvement made by the officers since my official visit 
to that lodge in December last. 


The third degree was also given with great care and atten- 
tion I feel confident that the meeting was productive of 
much good, and our National Holiday none the less respected. 


Two dispensations were applied for, and granted, both to 
attend Divine service. One was to St. Mark's Lodge, No. 9-1, 
Port Stanley, and the other to St. David's Lodge. No, 302, St. 
Thomas. In both instances, June 25th, was the date selected 
and a goodly number of Masons were present at both services. 
The brethren of St. Paul's Lodge, Lambeth, also attended 
church in a body, on June 18th, when R.W. Bro. Rev. Evans 
Davis, delivered the address. No dispensation was applied for 
in this case, owing, no doubt, to the fact that the new officers 
were just installed and the matter overlooked. I would sug- 
gest that the charging of a fee for dispensations to attend Di- 
vine service be discontinued by Grand Lodge, as I feel certain 
that the Craft would be benefited if these gatherings were 
more general throughout tlie jurisdiction. 


The following lodges have had new By-laws ratified 
during the year, namely : — St. George's, No. 12 ; Malahide, 
No. 140 ; Mount Olivet, No. 300, and King Solomon, No. 

I am of the opinion that quite an additional number of 
lodges would either frame new By-laws out and out, or amend 
them in some particulars, if the officers in charge would com- 
pare them carefully with the Constitution. 


Whilst we have all been busily engaged in our own duties, 
death, the leveller of all human greatness, has been in our midst 
and again and again the silver cord has become loosed and the 
golden bowl broken, as brother after brother has answered the 
last summons. 

On Oct. 19th, at the request of the W.M. of Warren Lodge, 
No. 120, I conducted the burial services over the grave of 
Bro. Neil Campbell, the Inner Guard of the lodge, There was 
a large turn out of brethren, and an immense concourse of 
friends, in token of the high esteem in which our brother was 

Again, on April 12th, at the request of the W. M. of St. 
John's Lodge, No. 209", I conducted the funeral service of 
Bro. John Caruthers, of that lodge, and whose remains were 
brought from Chatham to St. Thomas for interment. 


In all, seventeen deaths have been reported to me in the 
district, including in the list Wor. Bro. James Armstrong, P. 
M., of Nilestown Lodge, No. 345 and who, at the time of his 
death was the respected M.P. for South Middlesex. 
d.d.g.m's regalia. 

As no vote on the above subject, so far as T am concerned, 
will be considered in order in our district meeting of 1893, I 
may be pardoned for saying a word on the subject. At the 
district meeting in London last year, at which, I believe, every 
lodge was represented, a resolution was moved and unanimous- 
ly passed to present my immediate predecessor, Rt. Wor. Bro. 
Robson with a set of Grand Lodge Regalia. A committee was 
appointed to carry this resolution into effect, and whilst I know 
that every effort has been made to complete the task, it is a 
humiliating fact that up to the present time only about two- 
thirds of the lodges have paid their assessments — brethren, 
this is not fair. If I represented a lodge where a resolution 
of this kind was passed, and afterwards the lodge refused to 
pay thetriffling amount of its assessment, I would have the back- 
bone to pay it out of my own pocket, rather than break faith 
with a worthy brother. 


Now that my labors as D.D.G.M. are ended, I cannot close 
this report without expressing in some feeble way my sincere 
thanks for the courtesy with which I have been treated. 

To Rt. "Wor. Bro. Dewar, of the Free Press, the Very Wor. 
Bro. Clarke and Bro Peters, of The Advertiser, as well as to 
the Journal and Times, of St. Thomas, I am deeply indebted 
for having kept all my movements and visits fully before the 

To the W. M's. and brethren generally all over my jurisdic- 
tion I am unable to say how much I appreciate the more than 
fraternal manner in which I have at all times been received 

Whilst my labors at times have been somewhat arduous, 
and perhaps a little difficult, they have been greatly lightened 
by the cordial greeting that I have met on every hand. I 
cannot hope to have pleaded all, or to have governed without 
making some errors : but I know full well that the brethren 
throughout the district will be generous enough to judge the 
will as well as the deed. 

This closes the most pleasant year of my Masonic life, and 
my successor will repeat my words a year hence if he meets, 
as I am sure he will, the same fraternal greetings that have at 
all times been accorded to me. 


In conclusion, brethren, when the J. W. dismisses us for 
the last time, "sorry to part," may we all realize in the 
Grand Lodge above that we are truly "happy to meet again." 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Alex. Hess, D.D.G.M. 

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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A.F. and A.M. of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have the honor to present to you the following report upon 
the condition of the Craft in the Fourth Masonic District. 

The brethren of this district having elected me to the hon- 
orable office of D.D.G.M., at the last meeting of Grand Lodge, 
I wish here to express to them my thanks for the honor con- 
ferred upon me, and also for the kindness and courtesy ex- 
tended to me by the officers and members of the various lodges 
on the occasion of my official visits during the term. 

I appointed W. Bro. Robert Park, W.M. of Maitland Lodge, 
my District Secretary. His valuable assistance and prompt 
attention to all Masonic business entrusted to him, have light- 
ened my labor in no small degree, and I now desire to return 
him my warmest thanks. 

There are in this district fifteen lodges. I regret to say 
that I have not been able to visit them all, as I had purposed 
doing, pressure of business and other causes preventing me. I 
was desirous to visit, as far as possible, each lodge upon the 
occasion of its regular meeting, as the W.M's. stated that upon 
these occasions the brethren were present in greater numbers. 
I thus visited eleven lodges, some of them twice, and some of 
them three times. 

I have pleasure in reporting that this district is in a most nou- 
rishing and progressive condition, all the lodges visited, with 
one exception, being as nearly perfect in the work as possible. 
This satisfactory state of affairs is mainly due to the desire of 
the W.M's. to excel each other in the work. To this end they 
visit each other's lodges, many of them travelling long dis- 
tances to do so, and thus the work throughout the district is 
as nearly uniform as possible. I cannot too strongly commend 
these Worshipful Brethren, for the time, energy, zeal and 
ability devoted by them to the Masonic work have brought 
South Huron District into a state of perfection that is not ex- 
celled, if equalled, in any district under the jurisdiction of the 
Grand Lodge of Canada. 

During the year I have issued the following Dispensations : 
Tecumseh Lodge, No. 144, Stratford ; Clinton Lodge, No. 84, 
Clinton i Stratford Lodge, No. 332, Stratford, and Lebanon 
Forest Lodge, No. 133, Exeter, to attend Divine service. 


On the occasion of attending Divine service at Clinton, on 
St. John's Day, Sunday, June 25th, the greatest assemblage of 
Masons that I have ever been present at, or that has ever been 
held in No. 4 District, took place. Among the visiting breth- 
ren were : From Maitland Lodge, No. 33, Goderich, W. M. 
Parke and 35 brethren ; from Lebanon Forest Lodge, No. 133, 
Exeter, W. M. R. H. Collins and 32 brethren ; from Britannia 
Lodge, No. 170, Seaforth, W. M. Rev. J. W. Hodgins and 20 
brethren ; from Blyth Lodge, No. 303, W. M. J. M. Hamilton 
and 20 brethren : from Zurich Lodge, No 224, Hensall, W.M. 
G. T. Mackay and 12 brethren; from Morning Star Lodge, 
No. 309, W. M. J. P. Brown and 17 brethren, besides many 
brethren from other points. The Right Worshipful the Grand 
Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Canada, the Rev J. H. Fair- 
lie, formerly resident in Meaford, now of Clinton, preached a 
most eloquent and instructive sermon, which the brethren 
highly appreciated. 


Lebanon Lodge, No. 133, Exeter : I visited this lodge 
November 28th. There were present the W. M., the officers 
and about thirty brethren. The W. M. opened the lodge in 
the three degrees, and conferred the third. The Master's 
work was done with a perfection rarely equalled. This lodge 
is in a nourishing condition, gaining in membership, has a 
beautiful room, well furnished, has a good average attendance, 
and very few members in arrears. The books are well kept, 
and the members are full of vim, which means a bright future 
for Lebanon Forest Lodge. After the lodge closed, I was en- 
tertained at a banquet held in the Central Hotel, where a 
pleasant time was spent. 

Maitland Lodge, No. 33, Goderich : I visited this lodge 
officially on the evening of December 13th. The W. M., 
officers, and about 55 brethren were present. The election of 
officers took place, and thereafter the W. M. opened in the three 
degrees, and conferred the third degree upon two candidates. 
I cannot speak too highly of the manner in which this work 
was done. All the officers of this lodge are thoroughly well 
up in the Masonic work, and blunders are rarely seen. The 
lodge is nourishing. There is a good average attendance, the 
Secretary keeps the books in a good, model manner, and new 
life is being infused by the introduction of new and excellent 
material, and the present prospects of the lodge could scarcely 
be better. 

Morning (Star Lodge, No. 309, Carlow : I visited this lodge 


i St. John's evening, December 27th, the officers and many 
members of Maitland Lodge accompanying me. I installed 
officers of the two lodges, Maitland Lodge, No. 33, and Morn- 
ing Star Lodge, No. 309, W. Bro. Robt. Park, and V. W. 
Bro. Humber assisting me. There were 22 members present 
and 17 visitors. The average attendance is about 15. The 
lodge dues are well paid up, the books well kept, and the 
lodge in a most nourishing condition, new members being 
added at nearly every meeting. The W. M. has his work 
well in hand, and is ably assisted by his junior officers. This 
is without doubt one of the most prosperous among the coun- 
try lodges, each member vying with the other to make a 
success, and the lodge is noted for its lavish hospitality to 
visiting brethren. 

Stratford Lodge, No. 332, .Stratford : I visited this lodge 
on February 13th. Right Worshipful Bros. Harding and 
McLellan, all the officers, and about -10 members were present. 
This lodge has an average attendance of about 25 members, 
and is the banner lodge for work done in South Huron Dis- 
trict this year, having initiated 14 members. The W. M. 
conferred the second degree in a masterly manner, and all the 
officers were perfect in their work. The funds are in an ex- 
cellent condition, there being a cash balance of nearly $500. 
They have a magnificent hall, well furnished, and are most 
enthusiastic in the work. They have an excellent Secretary, 
and the books are methodically and neatly kept. After work, 
we adjourned to a banquet in an adjoining room, where a 
pleasant time was spent. 

New Dominion Lodge, No. 205, Xew Hamburg : I visited 
this lodge March 1st. The W. M. and most of the officers 
were present. The attendance of members was small, but 
there were some visiting brethren from Baden, among whom 
were W. M. Livingston and P. M. Erbaugh. The officers seem 
to be dilatory in opening as well as in the work. The W.M. 
conferred the second degree, but the work was not as well 
done as I should like to see. The officers do not seem to take 
that interest in the work that one would expect from breth- 
ren in their responsible positions. The books were well kept, 
and reflect great credit upon the Secretary. They entertain- 
ed me in a most hospitable manner at a banquet in the Queen's 

Tecumseh Lodge, No. 144, Stratford : I visited this lodge 
on March 2nd. Right Worshipful Bros. Harding and McLel- 
lan, the W. M., and all the officers and about 50 members and 



visitors were present. The lodge was opened up in the three 
degrees, and the W. M. conferred the third degree upon R. 
W. Bro. Harding's son He was the best prepared candidate 
it has been my lot to hear examined. The W. M., the officers, 
and especially the J. W., did their work to perfection. The 
lodge is in a first-class condition, its place of meeting palatial, 
and its prospects for the future are excellent. The books of 
the lodge are kept by P. M. A. E. Neal, and are a model for 
others to go by. I was also entertained at a banquet by this 

Wilmot Lodge, No. 318, Baden : I visited this lodge March 
3rd. The officers and thirty brethren were present. R. VV. Bro. 
McLellan and about ten visiting brethren from Stratford were 
also present. The lodge was opened up to the third degree, 
and the W.M. conferred the third in a highly creditable man- 
ner. All the officers did their work well. The books are well 
kept, the Secretary being one of the best in the district. The 
lodge is noted throughout the district for its hospitality to 
visiting brethren. I found, after the lodge adjourned, that a 
banquet awaited me at the hotel, and I learned by experience 
that they deserve the name of royal entertainers. 

Britannia Lodge, No. 170, Seaforth : 1 visited this lodge on 
March 6th. The Right Worshipful the Grand Chaplain, the 
Rev. J. H. Fairlie, the W. M., Rev. J. H. Hodgins, most of 
the officers, and twenty-seven brethren were present. The 
W. M. always begins work sharp at half-past seven, and it is 
to be regretted that other masters do not imitate him. He 
conferred the second degree in a manner that showed him to 
be an excellent ritualist. The lodge is in good financial stand- 
ing, has a splendid room, well furnished, and is adding to its 
membership. The average attendance is 20. The books are 
carefully kept ; the Secretary being a first-class man. I was 
entertained after the lodge closed in the ante-room. 

Blyth Lodge, No. 303, Blyth : I visited this lodge on March 
7th. I was accompanied by the W.M. and officers of Mait- 
land Lodge, Goderich. The W. M., the officers and twenty- 
eight members were present. The W.M. conferred the first 
degree in a very creditable manner, considering that it was the 
second time he had done such work. He is ably backed up 
by some excellent Past Masters. The lodge has an average 
attendance of fifteen, and its financial condition is good. The 
books of the lodge are well kept. The visiting brethren were 
very hospitably entertained. 

Clinton Lodge, No. 84, Clinton : I visited this lodge on 


April 7th — the W.M., officers, and brethren present to the 
number of twenty-seven. The second degree was conferred by 
I. P.M., R. Hey wood, in a very creditable manner. Since then, 
the W.M. has conferred several degrees, and I am told he has 
the work well up. The prospects of the lodge are very good, 
adding to their membership at every meeting now. All the 
members are in good standing The books are well kept. I 
wax hospitably entertained at the close of the lodge. Clinton 
brethren know how to do these things. 

Zurich Lodge, No. 224, Hensall : I visited this lodge on the 
27th April. V.W.P.M. Benedict, the W.M. and most of the 
officers, with twenty-five brethren, were present. The W.M. 
opened up to the third degree, and as there was no work, 
he exemplified the first degree in a very praiseworthy manner. 
The other officers know their parts well. The average attend- 
ance of this lodge is seventeen. The dues are well paid. I 
was entertained in the leading hotel at the close of the lodge. 
Visiting brethren are always warmly welcomed in Zurich 

St. James Lodge, No. 73, St. Mary's : this lodge meets regu- 
larly, has an average attendance of twelve, and a total mem- 
bership of sixty-eight. The dues are not well paid up, and 
the membership is not increasing. The Secretary informs me 
that the prospects are only fair. 

Tudor Lodge, No. 141, Mitchell : this lodge meets regular- 
ly, has an average attendance of twelve, and a total member- 
ship of thirty-seven, with no additions to membership this year. 
The dues are not well paid, and the Secretary reports that the 
financial standing and prospects are only fair. He reports 
that the W.M. can work all the degrees. 

Irving Lodge, No. 154, Lucan : this lodge meets regularly, 
has an average attendance of thirteen, and a total member- 
ship of sixty-three — a gain of one during the year. The mem- 
bers are very much behind in the payment of dues. The Sec- 
retary informs me that the prospects of the lodge are not the 
best. He also states that the W.M. can work all the degrees. 
I made several attempts to visit this lodge, but could make no 
arrangements for an emergent meeting at a suitable time. 

Doric Lodge, No. 233, Parkhill: this lodge meets regularly, 
has an average attendance of twelve, and a total membership 
of forty-six, with additions to membership during the year of 
two. This lodge has always had the name of being prosperous, 
and the Secretary informs me that the financial standing and 
prospects are good. He also states that the W.M. can work 


all the degrees. I wished to visit this lodge, but could not ar- 
range for a suitable emergent meeting. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Joseph Beck, D.D.G.M , 

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To the Most Worshipfvl the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A.F. and A. At , of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario. 
Most Worshipful Sib and Brethren : — 

It affords me pleasure to submit for your consideration my 
report on the condition of Freemasonry in the Fifth Masonic 

Immediately on my election, I appointed, as District Secre- 
tary. W. Bro. Williams, and have visited every lodge in the 
district. I issued one dispensation, — to St. John's, No. 284, 
to attend Divine service, and had the pleasure of opening a 
lodge under the dispensation of the M.W., the Grand Master, 
at Eden Grove, to be called " Moravian." 

I regret that my report of the work and standing of the 
lodges in this district is incomplete ; more than one of the 
W.Ms are very remiss in making the returns asked fox*, and 
for which blanks were sent them; it was only by repeated 
and peremptory communication that I elicited replies from 
some, and three are yet in default. The lodges from whose 
Master I have received no return are : Old Light, No. 184, 
(Lucknow); Bruce, No. 341, (Tiverton); and Moravian, U.D., 
(Eden Grove.) 

Two of the lodges report no arrears for dues. St. John's, 
No. 284, and Fort Elgin, U.D., are entitled to distinction on 
this account ; the others report arrears from $4 to $70. In 
only four of the lodges do I consider the amount of arrears 
bears an undue proportion to the membership. The majority 
of lodges carry a fair amount of insurance. 

Speaking generally, the condition of Freemasonry in this 
district is satisfactory ; there has been a substantial gain in 
membership, and the prospects are bright for the future. In- 
creased interest in some lodges where it formerly languished, 
exhibits itself, and a healthy spirit pervades the Craft. 

Appended hereto is a tabulated statement of the replies I 
have been able to obtain from the Masters of the lodges in my 

In nearly every instance in which my official visitation was 
on the night of the regular meeting, I visited without pre- 
vious notice, hoping thereby to obtain a better exhibition of 
the work as ordinarily performed, than would be had, were 
they aware of my coming. Such a course has its disadvan- 
tages as well as its advantages, but on the whole I am well 


pleased with the plan adopted. At each lodge visited, the 
work of opening and closing, calling off and on, and at least 
one of the degrees was required. With the exception of 
four lodges, the work of the officers was excellent ; the palm 
for marked excellence I award to Forest Lodge, No. 393, Ches- 
ley, with five others following closely after it. Of the four 
excepted lodges, the work of two is decidedly inferior, and the 
work of the other two may justly be classed as "fair." Taken 
as a whole, the district compares favorably with any other. 
If greater attention were paid to the private member, and his 
share in the ceremonies, it would be of advantage to the work ; 
in some lodges the impression seems to be prevalent that if the 
officers do their work well, that is all that is required ; where- 
as I have been pained to see the excellent work of the officers 
marred by the way in which the rank and file have performed 
their part. 

Subjoined are found my notes on my official visits : — 
St. Lawrence Lodge, No. 131, Southampton : Visited this 
lodge 20th March, at an emergent meeting; 18 members pres- 
ent. The condition is unsatisfactory : the W.M. is barely able 
to open and close in the three degrees, and his own statement 
is my warrant for the assertion that he is not able to work the 
degrees. In common with others of the lodge, he labors under 
the disadvantage that his occupation (tishing), prevents his en- 
joying the opportunities of lodge work except during the win- 
ter months. The selection of Secretary seems to have been 
particularly unfortunate, as the duties of that important and 
responsible office are not discharged in the manner they should 
"Illness" was the reason assigned for his absence on the occa- 
sion of my visit. The requirements of the Constitution respect- 
ing the information that must appear on the summons announ 
cing a ballot are disi'egarded, and the notices of meeting are 
frequently sent out too late, in one instance only five days 
notice of the ballot was given. A candidate was initiated the 
evening of my visit. V. Wor. Bro. Nokes, P.M., occupying 
the East, performed the ceremony in a manner creditable to 
himself, and, with a little brushing up on modern methods, he 
will rank among the best workers of the district ; the subor- 
dinate officers acquitted themselves fairly well. The desire to 
learn exhibited by the brethren present, and the prospect of 
new material likely to be permanent and regular attendants, 
give me hope, that, notwithstanding a large number of the 
members are necessarily absent a great portion of the year from 
lodge, a bright future is in store for St. Lawrence. Two note- 


worthy points in connection with this lodge's work are the 
rigid examination to which visitors are subjected, and the en- 
thusiastic interest, which, under the discouraging circumstan- 
ces existing, V. W. Bro. Nokes retains in the work. His ex 
ample might well be followed by several of the old members 
who are seldom seen within the lodge walls. 

Port Elgin, U. D. : Was visited on 21st March, at an 
emergent meeting, fourteen members present and four visitors. 
W. Bro. Paterson was in the East, and all the officers were 
present with the exception of the Secretary. Bro. Nicoll, who 
had shortly before removed from Port Elgin and has taken up 
his residence in Wingham. Regarding the work of this bro- 
ther, as well as that of his successor, Bro. Miller, I wish to 
express my commendation of the way in which they under- 
stand and perform the duties of the office. A candidate re- 
ceived the 2nd degree, the work of the evening was performed 
in a very satisfactory manner, and the membership generally 
evince interest in the work and tenets of the Order. The pro- 
spects of Masonry are bright in Port Elgin. 

Aldworth Lodge. No. 235, Paisley 7 On 22nd March I 
visited this lodge. A few things operate against the progress 
of this lodge. The room in which they meet is not all that 
the brethren desire, and is not at all suitable, to obtain a bet- 
ter one at a moderate rent is not possible : the Secretary at 
times is remiss in the discharge of the duties of the office: 
business responsibilities seem to be the cause of his lack of 
attention, but with all charity and consideration for a hard- 
worked brother, T do think that the provisions of the consti- 
tution should be observed and more than three days' notice of 
a ballot given. In consequence of the resignation, on removal 
from this jurisdiction, of the W.M. installed last year, W. Bro. 
Brown had only shortly before my visit assumed the dutie* of 
the East, still his familiarity with the ritual of the 3nd degree, 
which was exemplified, shewed that he had not forgotten his 
cunning : a little correction of the text in accordance with 
modern work is all that is needed to make him an accurate W. 
M. He is blessed with a goodly sprinkling of young blood in 
his lodge, and the work of the assistant officers was very good. 
I feel satisfied that were there better accommodation for their 
meetings, substantial and rapid progress would be made. 

Saugeen Lodge, No. 197, Walkerton : An emergent meet- 
ing was called for 23rd March, when T visited officially : there 
were present twenty-two members of the lodge and seven visi- 
tors. The lodge-room is a very bright and commodious one. 


well furnished and lighted by electricity. The regular othcers 
were in their chairs, and in addition to routine work exempli- 
fied the 1st degree. I was pleased with the way in which 
they worked ; in the incumbency of the present tenant of the 
East, he has had no actual work to keep him in practice, and 
lie informed me it was the first time he attempted to work the 
degree. It was well done, and I was also pleased to learn that 
many of those who have had all the honors that their lodge 
could bestow, are still among the most enthusiastic and regular 
in attendance. V. W. Bro. Green is an efficient Secretary, his 
books are well kept, and he looks after the dues and their col- 
lection actively. 

Moravian Lodge, U.D. : A dispensation being granted by 
the M. W. the Grand Master to hold a lodge at Eden Grove, 
I, assisted by R. W. Bros. Martyn and Telford, P.D.D.G.M's., 
proceeded, on 24th March, to open the lodge, and bid the 
brethren God-speed. Their room is suitable for their require- 
ments and neatly furnished, regalia also has been provided. 
The future of this lodge will depend on the faithful attendance 
of a few members ; their territory is circumscribed and they 
cannot expect to be very numerous. Notwithstanding these 
drawbacks, the granting of a dispensation was a politic move, 
and the alacrity with which the brethren of Aid worth Lodge 
responded with their consent to a dispensation being granted, 
reflects credit on them and stamps them as Masons having the 
best interests of the Craft at heart. 

Old Light Lodge, No. 184, Lucknow : I visited this lodge 
on the night of its regular meeting, 30th March ; there were 
nineteen members and four visitors present. They have a 
neat room, a little too far from the centre of the village to be 
as convenient as the brethren desire. My visit was a complete 
surprise to the W.M., having sent the Secretary notice of my 
intention only three days before, and the W.M. residing in the 
country, he had no intimation of my visitation prior to seeing 
me in the ante-room. He was evidently very nervous, and in 
consequence did not show to as good advantage in his work as 
I know he is capable of doing. In fact nearly everyone who 
took part in the work got " rattled." The presence of the gold 
lace of Grand Lodge, even though it be tarnished, seems to 
have a most bewildering effect on the memories of the breth- 
ren, especially the younger officers. I have observed its effect 
at every lodge visited, to a greater or less degree, and I am 
not prepared to accept the work seen at this visitation as a 
fair sample of the work they usually do ; they generally work 


well. The Secretary, W. Bro. Tennant, performs his duties 
as they should be, books well kept and notices regularly 

Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 362, Tara : I visited the brethren 
on their regular meeting on 24th April ; 23 members present. 
The meeting was delayed by the unavoidable absence of the 
W.M., Bro. Wilson, who had been unexpectedly called to see 
a patient, and did not return till nearly 10 p.m. The routine 
work of opening and closing, calling off and on, was under- 
taken by a P.M. The way in which it was performed, show- 
ed that even in Tara, brothers, once well-skilled, can get very 
"rusty." On W. Bro. Wilson's return the third degree was 
conferred, R. W. Bro. Bruce and W. Bro. Macdonald assisting 
in the East. The character of the whole work was good, 
though at times departure occurred from the phraseology 
accepted as the approved formula. The Wor. Master's manner 
of delivery is impressive, and the assistant officers are well- 
skilled. I was somewhat surprised that the Wardens were 
unacquainted with the use of their columns ; one of them stated 
he did not know what they were for, and he had never receiv- 
ed any information as to their use. 

Cedar Lodge, No. 396, Wiarton : On 25th April this lodge 
was visited ; this was its regular meeting ; 21 membere were 
present. The J. W. was there, but did not occupy his post, 
his chair being rilled by Bro. W..J. Ferguson. The place could 
not have been filled better, but I prefer seeing how the regu- 
lar officers do their work. V. Wor. Bro. Walmsley makes a 
good Secretary, and his books are well kept. The third degree 
was worked the night of my visit in good style. The W. M., 
Bro. Gilbert, is an enthusiast, and endeavors to get as near the 
mark as possible. With attention to a few minor departures 
from the true work, excellent work can be done by this lodge 

Forest Lodge, No. 383, Chesley : Visited officially 26th 
April ; 21 members present, also four visitors, among whom I 
was pleased to meet again Bro. Start, S.W. of Maple Leaf 
Lodge, No. 362. The work of the first degree was exempli- 
fied by the regular officers of the lodge, W. Bro. Goodeve, 
T.P.M., presenting the working tools. Of their work I have 
nothing but praise to express ; it is as near perfection as can 
be expected, and the conduct of the members in the lodge room 
showed that in the endeavor after perfection in ritual, the 
" full private " had not been forgotten. Frequently the offi- 
cers of a lodge are all that could be expected, but the ordinary 
member is not up to the mark. This is not the case in Forest. 


The duties of Secretary are performed by W. Bro. Mickle in 
a manner that leaves nothing to be desired. 

Fordwich Lodge, No. 331, Fordwich : Was visited at its 
regular meeting 27th April, when a candidate was initiated. 
There were twelve members present and one visitor. The work 
was done in a satisfactory manner, and the general character of 
the ordinary work shows that attention is paid to the work of 
the pi'ivate member as well as to the officer's. A purely " coun- 
try " lodge, and therefore not having the facilities for practice, 
it compares very favorably with more pretentious lodges. The 
Secretary, however, must improve upon his manner of dis- 
charging his duties. Among the more reprehensible irregu- 
larities are the disregard of the constitutional requirements 
preliminary to passing the ballot, and the short time the 
notices are sent out prior to a meeting ; on more than one oc- 
casion these were sent out on the day of meeting of which they 
were the notices, and on one of these a ballot was announced 
to be had. 

Teeswater Lodge, No. 276, Teeswater : Was visited on 28th 
April ; ten members and eight visitors. The absence of both 
the S.W. and J.W., and the filling of their chairs by two mem- 
bers of other lodges, one of whom is a very young Craftsman, 
did not give me a fair opportunity of judging of the work of 
this lodge. A brother received the second degree, and W 
Bro. Chapman, although hampered by the imperfect assistance 
of his officers, did his work in a very fair manner ; his render- 
ing of the ritual at times conformed to the older formula rather 
than to modern work. The Secretary is a young member, and 
with a little more experience will make a good officer. The ab- 
sence of the Wardens is to be regretted ; the J. W. is a physi 
cian, and his duties as such must at times interfere with his at- 
tendance, but the register shows it to be his first absence since 
installation, whereas the record of the S.W , with no such ex- 
cuse for absence, is six meetings in succession absent. This 
lack of interest is to be the more regretted, as it will require the 
active co-operation of all the members to prevent a return to 
dormancy. W. Bro. Chapman feels the evil effects of the half 
hearted support his officers give, but bravely tries to supply 
their defection. But for his enthusiasm, the prospects of 
Masonry in Teeswater would be " blue " indeed. 

St. John's, No. 284, Brussels : At an emergent meeting 
held 2nd May, accompanied by R. W. Martyn and W. Bro. 
Williams, my District Secretary, I paid an official visit to this 
lodge. The regular officers occupied their places, and the F.C. 


degree was conferred. The work of this lodge is excellent, 
and the floor work of the S.D. is specially worthy of note. 
The Past Masters of St. John's take a great interest in the 
work, and that, with the efficient work done by the Secretary, 
V. Wor. Bro. Shaw, contributes much to make St. John's 
Lodge one of the best in the district. 

Forest Lodge, No. 1 02, Wroxeter : On its regular meeting, 
29th May, I, accompanied by several brethren from Wingham, 
visited the lodge. There were forty-six of the Craft present, 
including a very fair contingent from Teeswater. Three can- 
didates were initiated, the ceremony being performed in a 
manner highly creditable to the officers of Forest Lodge. The 
W.M., W. Bro. Elliott, was assisted in the work of the East 
by Wor. Bros. Ireland and Williams. The books are regu- 
larly and neatly kept, and the prospects of this lodge are of the 
brightest. This lodge stands well towards the front for col- 
lect work. 

Bruce Lodge, Xo. 341, Tiverton : Was visited 30th May. I 
was accompanied from Kincardine toy R. W. Bro. Martyn, and 
three other members of Northern Light Lodge. Exemplification 
of the third degree was given, but several of the subordinate 
officers, although present, were not in their chairs, — a fact of 
which I was not cognizant until too late to request them to resume 
their posts. I am, therefore, not in a position to speak of the 
work of the officers as a whole. The W.M., Wor. Bro. Cham- 
bers, is well up in his work, but the others will bear improve- 
ment. Attention should be given to " team " work, as distin- 
guished from the individual effort of one officer. The financial 
management of the lodge and the records are well looked after 
by the respective officers having charge of these departments 
of work. 

Northern Light Lodge, No. 93, Kincardine : On the regu- 
lar meeting in June, I visited this lodge. There were thirty- 
nine present, principally the members of the lodge, only one or 
two being visitors. The first degree was the one exemplified, 
and the way in which it was done was very good, all of those 
taking part in the ceremony performing their work in a highly 
creditable manner. The books are kept in an exemplary man- 
ner, and numerically and financially this lodge leads the dis- 
trict. The prestige of the lodge is losing nothing under the 
rule of Wor. Bro. Cooke, its present efficient and enthusiastic 

Wingham Lodge, No. 28G, Wingham : On the evening of 
the 27th of June I dropped in on this lodge, and informed 


them that I was there officially to inspect their work. Al- 
though a member of this lodge, I was astonished to find that 
they got decidedly "'rattled " by my presence, and, were it not 
that I have had ample opportunity on other occasions to judge 
of what the present staff can do, I should be compelled to with- 
hold praise as underserved. The work in this lodge is ordi- 
narily well done, all the officers being well skilled in their 
duties, and entering with enthusiasm into the affairs of the 
lodge. The lodge-room has been lately renewed, and is a very 
commodious and pleasant room, and well adapted for efficient 
work in the degrees. 

Bernard Lodge, No. 225, Listowel : I completed my official 
visitations by meeting the brethren of Bernard Lodge, in their 
beautiful lodge-room, on their regular meeting, 28th June, 
when a most enjoyable and profitable session was held. Among 
the many lodges of this district that are entitled to be report- 
ed as capable of doing good work, this lodge is not the least 
deserving of mention : the work of the officers is excellent, 
and with a little more attention on the part of the private 
members to their manner of doing their part, would cause the 
premier working lodge of the district to look well to their 
laurels. On the occasion of my visit I was especially pleased 
to see the interest which the Past Masters evince in the affairs 
of the lodge. In some of the other lodges I was sorry to note 
a disposition on the part of those who had enjoyed all the 
honors that could be bestowed upon them by their lodge, to 
grow neglectful in attendance, rusty in their work, and out of 
touch with those who are endeavoring to make their lodge 
what it should be. W Bro. Foster, as the chief executive 
officer, maintains the reputation of Bernard Lodge for good 
work, in which he is ably assisted by the other officers of 
the lodge. Of the way in which the records are kept, the best 
encomium that I can offer is the statement that I find nothing 
to suggest. The able and enthusiastic assistance of R. W. Bro. 
Campbell, who must be regarded as one of the most ardent of 
its members, has had much to do in the development of the 
esprit de corps which pervades Bernard Lodge. 

On the 6th July, I convened a Lodge of Instruction at the 
Masonic Hall, Wingham, when a goodly number of the Craft 
(including R. W. Bro. Martyn) were present, representatives 
of seven lodges in the southern part of the district. The third 
degree was exemplified by W. Bro. A. C. Dames, and the officers 
of St. John's Lodge, No. 284 ; the second degree by W. Bro. 
A. G. McGregor and officers of Wingham Lodge, No. 286 


and the first degree by W Br<>. J. C. Cooke and officers of 
Northern Light Lodge, No. 98. T cannot speak too highly of 
the admirable manner in which all of the degrees were pre- 
sented, and the respective teams have cause to be proud of 
their effort. Care and attention in the minutest details were 
apparent, and the brethren in attendance are under obliga- 
tion to the three teams for the careful exposition of correct 
work to which they were treated. To prevent that unseemly 
and somewhat heated discussion observed at some previous 
Lodges of Instruction, all verbal criticism of the work was sup- 
pressed, and observations were required to be placed in writ- 
ing, and at the close of the exemplification of each degree, 
these comments —usually in the form of questions — were sub- 
mitted to a board of advisers, composed of the W. M's. present, 
R W. Bro. Marty n and myself, who, instead of attempting to 
dispose of the questions and comments offhand, considered 
them carefully while the lodge was called off, and on the re- 
sumption of labor, the result of our deliberations was announc- 
ed. The results attained by this course are such as to warrant 
me in recommending its adoption by others. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

J. A. Morton, D.D.G.M , 

North Huron District, No. 5 





T<i the Most Worshipful the Gremd Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Ground Lodge of A. F. and A. M. of Canada, in ti>" 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : — 

I have the honor to present to you the following report on 
the condition of Masonry in Wilson District, No. 6. 

My first official act was the appointment of W. Bro. W. P. 
Kelly, of Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, District Secretary ; I also is- 
sued a circular letter to all the lodges in the district. I have 
visited all the lodges in the district, excepting Oxford Lodge, 
No. 76, Woodstock, and St. John's Lodge No. 68, Ingersoll. 
I did not think it necessary to visit two lodges in either Wood- 
stock or Ingersoll, as it is well known that the brethren of 
these lodges stand in the front as skilful workmen. 

Oriental Lodge, No. 184, Port Burwell : I visited this lodge 
on November 1st, 1892, accompanied by R. W. Bro. Bro. J. C. 
Boyd, P.G.R. The brethren received us in the true spirit of 
Masonry. As the evening was rainy and disagreeable, the at- 
tendance was not lai'ge — fifteen brethren were at the meeting. 
We had work in the E. A. degree. W. Bro. Davidson is a 
master workman. He was ably assisted by the Wardens, and 
other officers. The lodge is doing very well. The brethren 
are enterprising and look well after the interest of the lodge ; 
they own the building. We had the pleasure of meeting W. 
Bro. Burwell, one of the pillars of the lodge, who is highly es- 
teemed ; also, Bro. Backus, who is greatly respected by the 
brethren. The Secretary deserves praise for his good work. 

Vienna Lodge, No. 237, Vienna : An emergent meeting was 
called for the purpose of receiving the D. D. G. M., on Novem- 
ber 2nd, 1892. There was no work to be done. The Worship- 
ful Master opened and closed in the three degrees, and is a 
very fair worker. The work of the Wardens and officers was 
also very good. The hall is owned by the lodge. This lodge 
will compare favorably with others in the district, although 
the place is small. They have a good membership, and the 
true spirit of Masonry prevails amongst them. The Secretary 
is well up in his work and deserves great praise. The brethren 
received me with the greatest kindness and consideration, and 
my visit will be remembered with pleasure. After the lodge 
was closed we had an excellent supper on the premises, and 
spent a very pleasant time indeed. 

Vittoria Lodge, No. 359, Vittoria : I visited this lodge on 


December 2nd, 1892, accompanied by R. W. Bro. J. C. Boyd, 
P.G.R. ; W. Bro. W. P. Kelley, District Secretary ; and Bro. 
Frank Reid, Worshipful Master-elect of Norfolk Lodge, No. 
10, Simcoe. Vittoria Lodge is an off-shoot from Norfolk Lodge. 
The brethren received us very kindly — W. Bro. Pow in the 
chair. There was no work in the degrees. The business trans- 
acted was the election of officers for the ensuing year. This 
is a very prosperous lodge, as the brethren are enterprising and 
have the best interest of the Craft and their lodge at heart. 
W. Bro. Pow and the officers ai'e well up in the work. We had 
the pleasure of meeting R. W. Bro. Wm. Kennedy, P. D. D. 
G. M., a member of this lodge— a brother greatly beloved and 
respected by the brethren. The lodge-room is very neatly fur- 
nished, and the building in which it is situated is the property 
of the lodge. There is a small debt on the building, which the 
members hope to wipe off in a short time. The membership 
of the lodge is 39. The number of brethren at the meeting, 
including visitors, was 33. The brethren of Vittoria and Nor- 
folk Lodges are almost as one. 

Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, Simcoe — my mother lodge : I had 
the great pleasure and privilege of installing the officers of this 
lodge on December 27th, 1892 — Festival of St. John the 
Evangelist. There was a large attendance of the brethren, 
about seventy being present. The lodge-room is commodious, 
handsomely furnished, and comfortably ventilated. This is 
one of the pioneer lodges of the Province, and in the past has 
done a great work in the interest of the Craft. The first 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada was made in 
this lodge, and at the time of his death was a member of it. I 
refer to the late M. VV. Bro. Judge Wm. M. Wilson. Nor- 
folk Lodge has a very interesting history, as it dates back to 
the war of 1812 between Great Britain and the L'nited States 
After the lodge was closed, a banquet was given at Bro. L. 
Brady's hotel — "The Norfolk House." Norfolk Lodge is do- 
ing very well, considering its surroundings — its jurisdiction 
not exceeding three miles from the town limits. W. Bro. 
Wyatt S. Wood is a well-skilled and talented Master. The 
Wardens and officers are well up in their work. W. Bro. W. 
P. Kelley, the Secretary, has no superior, — he is one of the 
fathers of the lodge. W. Bro. Frank Reid, the newly install- 
ed W. M., is a bright Mason, and will make a skilful work- 
man. I may say the same of the Wardens and officers. 

Scotland Lodge, No. 191, Scotland : I received a kind invi- 
tation from W. Bro. J. W. Eddy, to visit his lodge on Decern- 


ber 29th, 1892, and install the officers. W. Bro. Eddy being 
an old friend, I considered it a great compliment, and accepted 
the kind invitation. I was accompanied by R. W. Bro. J. C. 
Boyd, P. G. R We received a kind and fraternal welcome 
from the brethren. W. Bro. Eddy occupied the chair I did 
not have the pleasure of seeing any work done in the degrees. 
T was informed, however, by the brethren that the W. M. and 
officers are good workmen The lodge is large and handsomely 
furnished. I assumed the chair and the gavel, opened the 
lodge in the second degree and installed the W. M elect. W. 
Bro. Hooker, and the officers in the usual form. L had the 
great pleasure of meeting R. W. Bro. Hay, Past 
Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Canada, a mem- 
ber of Scotland Lodge— a father in the Craft and greatly 
beloved by the brethren. I may say further of this 
R. W. Brother that lie received his first call as pastor of the 
Congregational Church in Scotland 55 years ago, and still re- 
mains its pastor. I also had the pleasure of meeting my old 
friend V. W. Bro. Fred. Miles, of Burford Lodge, and other 
visiting brethren. After lodge, a fine banquet was held at Bro. 
Young's Hotel. The number of brethren at lodge and ban- 
quet was 50. 

Wilson Lodge, No. 113, Waterford : I visited this lodge on 
January 25th, 1893, when I received a cordial greeting from 
my old friend W. Bro. Massecar, and the brethren. I am 
personally acquainted with most of the brethren iD Waterford, 
and always feel at home when I visit Wilson Lodge I had 
the pleasure of installing the officers for the current year. The 
W. M. and officers are well up in their work. This is one of 
the best lodges in the district. The members had the mis- 
fortune a few years ago of losing their beautiful lodge room by 
tire ; but, possessing push and enterprise, they are now in a 
new home, which is a fine, large hall, elegantly furnished and 
a credit to the Craft The brethren have the true spirit of 
Masonry among them and must prosper. I had the pleasure 
of meeting W. Bros. Hooker, Eddy and Winegarden, Bro. 
W. L Smith, and others, from Scotland Lodge After the 
lodge was closed, a banquet was given at W. Bro Teeter's 
Hotel, when an enjoyable evening was spent. I believe that 
Wilson Lodge has a blight future. 

Walsingham Lodge, No 174, Port Rowan : I visited this 
lodge on January 26th, 1893. The brethren gave me a warm 
welcome W. Bro. Pearsall occupied the chair. Work was 
exemplifie 1 in the First Degree, there being two candidates. 


The work of the W. M and officers was most efficient One 
of the newly made brethren is a son of the esteemed Secretary 
of the lodge W. Bro. James Ryan, who with pleasure wit- 
nessed the ceremony It speaks well for Masonry when we 
see the son following in the father's footsteps. A few years 
ago the light in this lodge ha I nearly gone out. The brethren 
have done remarkably well during the last few years— they 
have put new life into the lodge, and it is now, considering the 
size of the place, one of the best lodges in the ^ ilson District. 
They are determined to prosper in the future The lodge 
room is large, and the building in which it is situated is under- 
going general repairs, and when completed will be a credit to 
the brethren. The building is the property of the lodge. 
After the lodge was closed, refreshments were served on the 
premises and a very pleasant time was spent in social enjoy- 

Erie Lodge, No. 149, Port Dover : I paid an official visit to 
this lodge on January 30th, 1893, accompanied by W. Bro. 
W. P. Kelley, District Secretary. The brethren gave us a 
true Masonic welcome to the lodge. Work in the E. A. degree 
W. Bro. Fossett in the chair. There were two candidates. 
The work was well done by the W.M. and W. Bro. Vasy, 
ably assisted by the wardens and officers. Notwithstanding 
the night was very stormy, there was a good attendance. Erie 
Lodge is doing well, and adding to its numbers. It has a neat, 
well furnished and comfortable lodge room. The brethren are 
enthusiastic, and the lodge is prospering. After the meeting 
of the lodge, refreshments were served in the refreshment room. 

Frederick Lodge, No. 217, Delhi : I visited this lodge on 
February 27th, 1893. The brethren received me with great 
kindness and consideration. W. Bro. Wood occupied the chair 
and work was exemplified in the first and third degrees. 
The W. M., Wardens, and officers did their work remarkably 
well, considering the short time they had been in office. I had 
the pleasure of meeting W. Bro Crysler, I. P. M., who is 
always at lodge to support and encourage the W.M. and breth- 
ren. Bro. E. Morgan is a model secretary, and his department 
is in good order. The lodge room is well furnished and a credit 
to Frederick Lodge. It has a good membership, which is in- 
creasing in number. 

Burford Lodge, No. 106, Burford : I made my official visit 
to this lodge on March 1st, 1893. There was a good turnout 
to greet me, W. Bro. Stevens in the chair. There being no 
work, the lodge was opened and closed in the three degrees. 


The W. M. being new in the work discharged his duties with 
credit, I may say the same of all the officers. Bro. A. D. M uir, 
the Secretary, is the right man in the right place. I had the 
great pleasure of meeting my esteemed friend V. W. Bro. 
Fred. Miles, a model Mason, and a pillar in Burford Lodge. 
We spent a very enjoyable evening in the lodge. They have 
a large and beautiful lodge room, which is splendidly furnish- 
ed, and own the building. Burford Lodge is doing well : it 
has a long roll of members, and is adding to its numbers. 
After lodge, a fine banquet was given at the hotel. We had a 
very enjoyable time. My visit to Burford Lodge will be re- 
membered with great pleasure. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 104, Norwich : I made my official 
visit to this lodge on March 8th, 1893. A large number of 
brethren welcomed me. W. Bro. McCurdy occupied the chair. 
The Fellow-Crafts' degree was worked. The W. M. is a skil- 
ful workman, and is second to none in the Wilson District. 1 
may say the same of the wardens and officers generally. The 
candidate was well instructed and is a credit to the lodge and 
himself. St. John's has a large and pleasant lodge room, which 
is well furnished and equipped in every way. Financially, the 
lodge is in good shape. The members appear to have the true 
spirit of Masonry amongst them. The members entertained 
me at a banquet, and were kind and courteous. 

Thistle Lodge, No. 250, Embro : I visited this lodge on 
March 30th, 1893, and witnessed the W. M. confer the third 
degree. The officers acquitted themselves very creditably. The 
lodge room is well furnished and comfortable. There was a 
good turnout of the brethren at the time of my visit. The 
lodge is increasing in membership ; the Craft looks well in 
this place, and the prospects are good. 

Plattsville Lodge, No. 178, Plattsville : I visited this lodge 
on March 31st, 1893. The brethren gave me a kind and fra- 
ternal greeting. The chair was occupied by W. Bro. Bristow. 
There was no work in the degrees. We had a pleasant talk 
with reference to Craft matters, and, from what I saw and 
heard, the brethren are imbued with the true spirit of Masonry. 
They have a comfortable lodge room, a good membership, and 
are adding to their numbers. I was greatly pleased with the 
brethren of Plattsville. After the meeting a banquet was 
held at the hotel, and an enjoyable evening was spent. This 
lodge must prosper, as its members take a great interest in 
the ancient and honorable institution. 

Blenheim Lodge, No. 108, Princeton : 1 visited this lodge 


Oil April 7th, 1893. There was a good turnout of the members 
of the lodge, also brethren from Woodstock, Innerkip, and 
Burford. W. Bro. Patton occupied the chair. After the 
regular order of business, W. Bro. Stevens, W.M. of Burford 
Lodge, was requested to assume the chair and gavel, and con- 
fer the Entered Apprentice degree, which he did in a very 
able manner. The lodge was opened in the Master Mason de- 
gree, W. Bro. Patton in the chair. He gave the third degree 
in a masterly manner, being ably assisted by the wardens and 
officers of the lodge. The brethren are in their new lodge room, 
which is very comfortable and well furnished. The membership 
is increasing, and the lodge has good prospects in the future. 
After the meeting, a banquet was held at Bro. Stroud's hotel, 
when an enjoyable evening was spent. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 82, Paris : An official visit to this 
lodge was made on April 25th, 1893. I was accompanied by 
V. W. Bro. Fred. Miles. The chair was occupied by W. 
Bro. A. W. Painey. I had the pleasure of hearing the W. M 
exemplify the first degree. He is a fine worker, and a credit 
to St. John's Lodge. The work of the wardens and officers 
was perfect in every particular. They have a large and hand- 
some lodge room, well furnished and equipped. There was a 
large attendance of the brethren, also several visiting brethren 
from Princeton. This is one of the pioneer lodges which did 
a good work in the interest of the Craft in the early days of 
Masonry in this country. This lodge is flourishing and is in 
good financial standing. I had the pleasure of meeting R.W. 
Bro. P. H. Cox, P. D. D. G. M., Wilson District ; also W. 
Bro. Foley, an old friend of my boyhood. After the meeting 
an elegant banquet was given at the hotel, when we had a 
very enjoyable time. My visit to St. John's Lodge will be 
treasured as one of the brightest spots in my Masonic life. 

King Solomon Lodge, No. 48, Woodstock : I visited this 
lodge on May 2nd, 1893, in company with Bros. M. C. Brown 
and T. R. Atkinson, of Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, Simcoe. The 
brethren received us with the greatest kindness. This was a 
union meeting, as I requested the brethren of Oxford Lodge, 
No. 76, to meet me at the time of my visit to King Solomon 
Lodge. The attendance was very large. I was pleased to see a 
large gathering of Past Masters. I also had the pleasure of 
meeting W. Bro. W. A. Kara, Worshipful Master of Oxford 
Lodge. The Woodstock lodges meet in the same hall, which 
is the largest and one of the finest in Wilson District. The 
brethren appear to work together almost as one lodge, and 


with the true spirit of Masonry. Work was exemplified in 
the first degree, W. Bro. T. E. West in the chair. I was much 
pleased with the efficient work of the W. Master, Wardens and 
officers. Financially, the lodge is in a good position W. Bro. 
Fraser, the Secretary, is a host in himself ; his department is 
in tine order, and the lodge owes its eminent success in a great 
measure to his good work. Oxford Lodge has a large member- 
ship, and is doing a good work in the interest of Masonry 
under the able management of W. Bro. Kara. A tine banquet 
was given on the premises after the meeting, when we had a 
pleasant and enjoyable evening. My visit to the Woodstock 
brethren will be remembered with pleasure. 

King Hiram Lodge, No. 37, Ingersoll : I made my official 
visit to this lodge on May 5th, 1893. The brethren of St. 
John's Lodge, No. 68, met me at this time by request. We 
had a union meeting, similar to the one held in Woodstock. I 
was greeted by a large assembly of the brethren. I was 
pleased to see a large number of Past Masters, and among 
them Pi. W. Bro. M. Walsh, who is greatly esteemed by the 
brethren of Wilson District. W. Bro. Vance occupied the 
chair. The first degree was exemplified. The work of the 
W. JV1 . was well done. He was ably assisted and supported by 
the Wardens and officers. W. Bro. Hegler, W. M. of St. 
John's Lodge, also took part in the work. Both lodges in 
Ingersoll meet in the same hall. I may safely say it is the 
most beautiful lodge-room in this district, being handsomely 
decorated, furnished, and equipped. King Hiram Lodge i& 
doing well ; it is one of the pioneer lodges, and has a very in- 
teresting history. I was very much pleased with the musical 
part of the ceremony. Bro. Organist of King Hiram Lodge, 
is a master musician, and the part he takes adds greatly to the 
beautiful work done in the lodge. I was pleased to see the 
brotherly feeling that exists in the lodges in Ingersoll. After 
the lodge closed, refreshments were served on the premises, 
and a pleasant evening was passed 

Oak Branch Lodge, No. 261, Innerkip : I had the pleasure 
of visiting this lodge on May 25th, 1893. The brethren gave 
me a kind and fraternal reception. Although the village is 
small, this lodge is doing well : the brethren are zealous and 
earnest Masons, which accounts for their success. The Enter- 
ed Apprentice Degree was exemplified, W. Bro. John McFar- 
lane in the chair. The work of the W. M., Wardens, and offi- 
cers was very good. They have a very good lodge-room, com- 
fortably furnished, and own the building in which it is situat- 


ed. There was a large attendance of the members of the lodge, 
also visiting brethren from Woodstock, Princeton, and Platts- 
ville. W. Bro Mitchell, I. P.M., was at the lodge as usual, to 
support and encourage the W. M. and brethren. He does not 
lose his interest, after having all the honors the lodge can con- 
fer upon him. I was pleased to meet again V. W. Bro. Scarff, 
\V. Bro. West, W. Bro. Fraser, and W. Bro. Mcintosh, of 
Woodstock ; also W. Bro. Henderson, of Plattsville. We had 
a very pleasant meeting. A banquet was given at the hotel 
after the meeting, where we spent a pleasant and profitable 
evening in social enjoyment. My visit to Oak Branch Lodge 
will be remembered with great pleasure. 

King Hiram Lodge, No. 78, Tilsonburg : I visited this lodge 
on June 8th, 1893, in company with Bro. T. W. Butler, of 
Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, Simcoe An emergent meeting was 
called at my request. A large number of brethren were present, 
also several visiting brethren from Vienna Lodge The chair 
was ably occupied by W. Bro. J. McDonald. The Master 
Mason Degree was worked. It was done in a masterly man- 
ner. The lodge-room is commodious, well furnished, and 
handsomely equipped. This is one of the best lodges in Wil- 
son District, as the brethren are alive and at work in its in- 
terest. I am pleased to say the lodge is in good financial 
standing. I had the great pleasure of meeting R. W. Bro. 
Wm. McDonald, P.D.D.G.M., of Wilson District, a member of 
King Hiram Lodge, and one of the best Masons that I ever 
had the privilege of meeting. He is highly respected and 
esteemed by the brethren throughout the Wilson District He 
takes a great interest in the success of his lodge, and this in a 
great measure accounts for the success of King Hiram Lodge. 
After the meeting a splendid banquet was given at Bro John 
Hutchinson's hotel. The fraternal consideration I received 
from the brethren of Tilsonburg will be treasured in my mem- 
ory with gratitude 

I granted a dispensation to Erie Lodge, No. 1 49, Port Dover, 
to enable them to attend Divine service, clothed as Masons, 
on Sunday, April 30th, 1893. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my high appreciation of 
the great honor conferred upon me by the brethren of Wilson 
District in unanimously electing me to my present position. I 
have only to remark that wherever I have gone throughout 
the district, I have met with the most generous welcome from 
each and every lodge, and I ask the brethren, in whatever they 
see I have failed, to extend to me the benefit of their Masonic 


charity, and believe that I have tried to do my best to forward 
the interest of the Craft in general. I cannot close without 
expressing my warmest thanks to W. Bro. W. P. Kelley, 
District Secretary, for the able assistance which he has render- 
ed me throughout the year, and the faithful discharge of his 
duties. I owe a large portion of the success which has attended 
my efforts during the year to his advice and assistance. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

E. G. Wells, 
D. D. G. M. Wilson District, No. 6. 



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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers, and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of 

Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have the honor to present to you the following report 
upon the condition of the Craft in the Seventh Masonic Dis- 
trict : — 

During the year I have visited every lodge in the district, 
and find them in a fairly prosperous condition. Many of the 
lodges have made substantial progress during the year. I 
found, during my visits, that one great trouble in nearly all 
lodges is small attendance. I have urged, to the best of my 
power, a better observance of this duty on the brethren. I 
regret to say that very few of the lodges respond to the D. D. 
Gr. M., by sending him the regular notices of meeting, even 
after having been written to. My official visits were made in 
the following order : 

Preston Lodge, No. 297 : I visited this lodge on Sept. 2nd. 
W. Bro. Fischer conferred the first degree in a very impressive 
manner, but the rest of the officers were not very well posted. 
I again visited this lodge May 31st ; there was no work. 
Election of officers : The lodge was opened in the three de- 
grees in a very creditable manner ; the attendance was small : 
books well kept ; dues well collected ; prospects not very good. 

Ayr Lodge, No. 172 : Visited this lodge Oct. -4th. There 
was no work ; officers not well posted ; attendance small. The 
lodge-room is very comfortable, and the lodge in good circum- 
stances, but the prospects are poor. 

Guelph Lodge, No. 258 : Visited this lodge Nov. 8th The 
W. M. being absent, the chair was filled by the P. M.. who 
opened in the three degrees in good style. Officers are all well 
posted ; books well kept ; financial standing fair ; attendance 
good ; prospects are not very good : want of harmony. Average 
attendance, 24. 

Grand River Lodge, No. 151 : Visited this lodge Dec. 13th 
There being no work, the W,M. opened the lodge in the three 
degrees in tine style. Officers are all posted. Visited this lodge 
again, June 14th. The W. M. conferred the three degrees in 
a very satisfactory manner. Officers well posted ; books beau- 
tifully kept ; lodge in good circumstances ; prospects very good. 
Average attendance, 18. 

Gait Lodge, No. 257 : Visited this lodge Dec. 27th, and in- 


stalled the officers. Visited the lodge again, March 7th. The 
W. M. conferred the third degree to my entire satisfaction. 
Officers are all well posted ; books well kept ; lodge in good cir- 
cumstances. Average attendance, 16. 

Conestogo Lodge, No. 295 : Visited this lodge Jan. 3rd, and 
installed the officers. Lodge-room very comfortable ; attend- 
ance small. W.M. Flath very enthusiastic, and will do all that 
is possible to get the lodge into good shape. 

Harriston Lodge, No. 262 : Visited this lodge Feb. 13th. 
W. Bro. P. M. McLellan conferred the third degree in a satis- 
factory manner, but the other officer's were only fairly well 
posted. A large number in arrears for dues. I urged on 
them very strongly to take action at once, and to suspend all 
who do not pay up. Fine lodge-room ; circumstances and 
prospects fair. 

Clifford Lodge, No. 315 : Visited this lodge February 20th; 
there was no work. VV. M. Dewar opened in the three de- 
grees, and shewed that all were well posted. Lodge-room com- 
fortable. Lodge in fair circumstances, and prospects fair. 
Attendance, small. 

St. Alban's Lodge, No. 200 : Visited this lodge February 
24th ; the W. M. conferred the first degree in a very satisfac- 
tory manner, and the officers are all well posted. VV. Bro. 
Kilgour is an enthusiastic Mason, and has done a great deal 
for this lodge in working it up to its present fine position. 1 
regret to say that they meet in a room in connection with 
another society. I called their attention to this matter, and 
they informed me that they had already made arrangements 
to have a room for themselves, which they hope to occupy next 
September. They are in good financial standing, and their 
prospects are very good. Average attendance, eighteen. 

Harris Lodge, No. 216 : Visited this lodge February 28th. 
W. Bro. Irvine conferred the 2nd and 3rd degrees in a very 
satisfactory manner, and all the officers are well posted. This 
is the largest lodge in the district, and both members and offi- 
cers seem to take a hearty interest in the work. They are in 
first-class financial circumstances, and the books are well kept. 
Average attendance, thirty-three. 

Scott Lodge, No. 4.21 : Visited this lodge March 1st. The 
W.M. conferred the 3rd degree in a very credi table manner, 
but the other officers were not very well posted. Both the 
W.M. and the members have the interest of the lodge at heart, 
and as long as Scott Lodge has W. Bro. Cooper at its head 
there is every reason to think that Masonry will flourish in 


that part of the district. Lodge-room small, but comfortable. 
Financial standing, good. Prospects, fair. Average attend- 
ance, twelve. 

Blair Lodge, No. 314 : Visited this lodge March 3rd. R. 
W. Bro. Hyndman conferred the 1st and 2nd degrees in a 
very impressive manner. Officers fairly well posted. Lodge 
in good financial standing, and prospects fair. Average attend- 
ance eighteen. 

Wellington Lodge, No. 271 : Visited this lodge March 8th. 
The W.M. being absent in England, the P.M. took the chair 
and opened in the three degrees in a highly satisfactory man- 
ner. Officers well posted. Lodge in good financial circum- 
stances, and prospects fair. Attendance, small. 

Speed Lodge. No. 180: Visited this lodge April 4th. 
There was no work ; the W.M. opened in the three degrees 
and exemplified the 1st degree in good style Officers well 
posted. This is the second largest lodge in the district, is in 
good circumstances, and the books are well kept. Average 
attendance, twenty -eight. 

Mercer Lodge, No. 347 : Visited this lodge April 7th. 
The W.M. conferred the first degree in a very creditable man- 
ner. Officers well posted. Lodge in good shape, and pros- 
pects fair. 

Irvine Lodge, No. 203 : Visited this lodge April 21st. 
There was no work ; the W.M. exemplified the 2nd degree in 
a very creditable manner. I inspected their books. Both 
minute book and cash book are well kept, but through some 
former secretary the roll book has been lost. I strongly ad- 
vised them to have a thorough search made for it, and if not 
found to have a new one at once. The lodge is in fair circum- 
stances, and the prospects fair. 

Waverly Lodge, No. 361 : Visited this lodge April 24th. 
The W.M. conferred the 3rd degree in a fairly good manner, 
and the other officers are all well posted. Lodge is in good 
shape. Dues well collected. Prospects fair. 

Durham Lodge, No. 306 : Visited this lodge April 25th. 
The W.M. conferred the 1st degree in good style. Officers 
fairly well posted. Books well kept. Lodge in good financial 
standing. Prospects, good. Average attendance, eighteen. 

Prince Arthur Lodge, No. 334 : Visited this lodge April 
26th. The W.M. not being present, at the request of several 
of the members, I opened the lodge and conferred the 3rd 
degree. They had just moved into a new lodge-room, which 
is comfortably furnished, but it will require all the vim of the 


few members who do stick to the lodge to carry it on. Finan- 
cially, they are in good shape. Attendance, small. 

Alma Lodge, No. 72 : Visited this lodge April 28th. The 
W.M. conferred the 3rd degree in good style. Officers well 
posted. Books well kept, and the lodge is financially strong. 
Average attendance, twenty. 

New Hope Lodge, No. 279 : Visited this lodge May 31st. 
The W. M. conferred the first and second degrees in a very 
satisfactory manner. Officers well posted. This lodge is 
making good progress and intend moving into a new hall in 
a short time. They are all enthusiastic Masons and deserve 
every praise. Average attendance, IS. 

In conclusion I would say that the work of the "Worshipful 
Masters and officers throughout the district is well in accord 
with the ritual of Grand Lodge. I also find that nearly all 
the lodges are insured. 

I beg to tender to the brethren of the seventh Masonic 
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on me by electing me their D.D.G.M., and also for their kind 
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All of which is fraternally submitted. 

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7'" the Most Worsltipful the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M, of Canada, 
in the Province of Ontario: 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have the honor to submit my report on the condition of 
Masonry in the Eighth Masonic District. 

Shortly atter my election I appointed as District Secretary, 
W. Bro. H. N. Kittson, who has cheerfully assisted me in the 
work, and devoted much of his valuable time to the cause of 

I have officially visited every lodge in the district, and 
have paid unofficial visits to several lodges as frequently as 
possible, in order that I might be in touch with the general 
working of the Craft, and I have to report-that the condition 
of Masonry in the Hamilton District is excellent. The lodges 
are ruled by capable Masters who are supported by tried 
and trusty Past Masters, and by faithful and efficient officers. 
The attendance at meetings has been good, and the zeal and 
enthusiasm in the cause of Masonry appears to be ever on the 
increase. The beautiful ritual of the Grand Lodge has been 
exemplified with marked ability and careful attention to de- 
tails, the lodges seeming to vie with one another in the cor- 
rectness of their work. The exchange of visits between the 
lodges increases in frequency, thereby blending the main 
objects of the meetings with a mutual interchange of fra 
ternal feelings and social intercourse. 


I am happy to say that no cases of dispute or grievance 
have come before me, the district being remarkably free from 
any such elements, and maintaining its long-established condi- 
tion of harmony, good will, and fraternal feeling. It is my 
painful duty, however, to record that one brother, Samuel S 
Hamell, was tried in Doric Lodge, No. 121, for unmasonic 
conduct. After the evidence was heard, he pleaded guilty on 
all six charges pref erred, and was suspended indefinitely by 
the lodge, 


Large sums have been devoted to worthy recipients by 
many lodges in the district, and much good has been effected 
by the liberality of the brethren. I have been very much 
pleased to find that in several cases where the funds of the 


lodge will not permit of large charitable grants being made, 
the members of those lodges have generously contributed of 
their means for the comfort of the sick and needy ; and in 
other 'cases where there are no Masonic poor, lodges have 
given entertainments for the benefit of the general poor of the 
neighborhood, and have realized and distributed large sums in 
that way. The action of these brethren must be commended 
the more, because of the unostentatious manner in which it 
has been done. 


I have been advised of the names of but few brethren who 
have departed hence, although the reports of lodges show that 
over twenty have died. Prominent among those who have 
left us stands the name of R. W. Bro. Richard Bull, who died 
March 7th, 1893. He was initiated in Barton Lodge, in 1841, 
and was therefore over fifty-one years a Mason ; he was the 
tirst Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Canada, 
was elected D.D.G.M. of the Hamilton District in 1858, and 
again in 1859, and filled the same office in Montreal District 
for three subsequent years. He was a recognized authority 
<»n Masonic ritual and symbolism, and was ever ready to as- 
sist and advise his younger brethren. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 40, sustained a loss in November, 
1892, by the death of W. Bro Arthur Doherty, who was held 
in high estimation by his brethren for his many good qualities 
and genial disposition. 

Other deaths which have been reported to me are : Bros. 
John W. Butler, of Brant Lodge, No. 45 and Doric Lodge, 
No. 121 ; Alfred Bennett, of Valley Lodge, No. 100; A. Muir, 
of Temple Lodge, No. 324 ; Wm. Buskard, of St. John's Lodge, 
No 40 ; Bro. Robert Duncan, and Bro. Wm. McAulay, of 
The L)dge of Strict Observance, No. 27. 


October 10th, 1892, I had the pleasure of attending Espe- 
cial Communications of Grand Lodge at Port Stanley and St. 
Thomas, in London District, when the new halls of St Mark's 
Lodge, No. 94, and St. David's Lodge, No. 302, were dedicat- 
ed by the M. W. the Grand Master, assisted by a goodly num- 
ber of Grand Lodge officers, and in the presence of large con- 
courses of members of the Craft. The ceremonies in both in- 
stances were conducted with great impressiveness, and the 
address of the M. W. Grand Master at St. Thomas was receiv- 
ed by the brethren with earnest attention and keen apprecia- 


June 1st, 1893, the beautiful new hall at Brantford, re- 
cently furnished by Brant Lodge, No. 45, and Doric Lodge, 
No. 121, was dedicated by the M. W. the Grand Master at an 
Especial Communication of Grand Lodge. I had the honor 
of attending and taking part in the proceedings, which were 
conducted in the presence of an immense gathering of breth- 
ren, standing-room in the lodge being obtainable with diffi- 
culty. The lodge-room is most beautifully and tastefully fur- 
nished and decorated, and the appliances for carrying on the 
work, as well as the arrangement of the approaches and ante- 
rooms are patterns for imitation Subsequent to the cere- 
mony, the Grand Master and visitors were entertained at a 
magnificent banquet in the Kirby House, wheie some three 
hundred brethren partook of the boundless hospitality of the 
Brantford Masons. It should be a source of gratification to 
the members of Brant and Doric Lodges to feel that their hand- 
some hall was so greatly admired, and the good taste and en- 
ergy of the Hall Committee so highly and deservedly praised. 


Barton Lodge, No. 6, Hamilton : I visited this lodge, June 
12th, 1893, on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the 
election of officers, at which a very large number of members 
and visitors were present. This lodge maintains the high posi- 
tion which it has held for so many years, as being one of the 
strongest lodges in the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge, numeri- 
cally and financially. The financial affairs are guarded most 
jealously, and the lodge has acquired a very satisfactory list of 
assets, with no liabilities, except for current expenses. Al- 
though no degrees were conferred on the occasion of my offi- 
cial visit by W. Bro. F . B. Boss, W. M., I have had frequent 
opportunities of observing the work on other occasions, and 
can state that the officers are most efficient in this as in other 
respects. The lodge has suffered an irreparable loss in the 
death of R, W. Bro. Richard Bull, P. D. D. G. M., who was a 
member for more than fifty years, and who took a prominent 
part in the formation of the Grand Lodge of Canada. He 
was a man whose serene mind was open to licensed pleasures, 
whose heart beat warm for friendship, and who was ever ready 
to assist the needy to the full extent of his means and sympa- 

I had the pleasure of presiding at the installation of officers 
at this lodge on 24th June, 1893, and am confident that, under 
their able administration, the welfare of the lodge is assured. 

Lodge of Strict Observance, No. 27, Hamilton : December 


20th, 1892. This is also a lodge of great numerical strength 
and of sound financial standing ; it is ruled by a most zeal- 
ous Master in the person of W. Bro. F. J. McMichael, who is 
faithfully supported by a bright staff of officers, and the work 
ie carried on in an efficient manner. 

Strict Observance Lodge claims the proud distinction of 
having first brought to Masonic light our present Grand Mas- 
ter, M. W. Bro. Hon. J. M. Gibson, as well as our highly es- 
teemed Grand Secretary, R. W. Bro. J. J. Mason, and I am 
proud to claim it as my own mother lodge. Honor was paid 
to those eminent craftsmen as well as to myself by the presen- 
tation of three beautiful baskets of flowers for our respective 
wives, as a solace for their frequent hours of solitude. On 
December 27th, 1892, I installed the officers of this lodge, be- 
ing ably assisted by a number of Past Masters of the city 

Brant Lodge, No. 45, was visited by me on Feb. 14th, 1893. 
The lodge was opened and closed in all three degrees by W. 
Bro. S. F. Passmore,*who also conferred the first degree in a 
highly proficient manner, with the able assistance of an excel- 
lent staff of officers. This was the second meeting of this 
lodge held in the new room, which has been furnished during 
the past year by Brant and Doric Lodges, and of which I have 
made more particular mention elsewhere. The finances of the 
lodge are in excellent condition, notwithstanding the heavy 
outlay for the new quarters, and the prospects of the lodge are 
particularly bright. 

Harmony Lodge, No. 57, Binbrook : I paid a most enjoy- 
able visit at this lodge on April 26th, 1893, and found every- 
thing in a most satisfactory condition. The third degree was 
conferred, and the work was well executed in a very striking 
manner by \V. Bro. Dr. M. J. Mullock and officers. The 
building occupied belongs to the lodge, and there is a very nice 
nest egg laid by in the Treasurer's hands, wherewith the breth- 
ren contemplate making an extension to their premises. At 
the request of the W.M. of this lodge, and being unable through 
illness to attend myself, I deputed R. W. Bro. J. Malloy, P.D. 
D.G.M., to install the officers elect on Dec. 28th, 1892. He 
was assisted by V.W. Bro. A. Smith, and VV. Bros. H. N. 
Kittson, J. Ferres, T. Irwin, and "VV. W. Greenhill. The 
brethren of Harmony Lodge were very well pleased with the 
visit and the beautiful rendering of the ceremony. 

Acacia Lodge, No. 61, Hamilton, Dec. 9th, 1892 : This was 
the annual meeting for the election of officers, and was pre- 


sided over by W. Bro. S. H. Kent, W.M. The election passed 
off very successfully, the officers of the previous year receiving 
the reward of merit by advancement in their offices. A fair 
number of initiates have been received into this, as well as 
into all the other city lodges, and the material has been gener- 
ally well selected. I have had several opportunities of wit- 
nessing the work at other meetings, and can testify to the 
efficiency of the Master and officers. The finances of the 
lodge are in excellent shape, and the future looks bright with 
promise. The officers of this lodge were installed by me, as- 
sisted by a number of Past Masters, at the joint meeting, Dec. 
27th, 1892. 

St. Andrew's Lodge, No. 62, Caledonia : I visited this lodge 
on March 1st, 1893, where I found a very good turn out of 
the brethren, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. 
There was no regular work on hand, so I called on the W.M., 
W. Bro. John Thompson, to exemplify the first degree, which 
was done in a very satisfactory manner, the officers being well 
up in their several parts. Finances in good condition ; mem- 
bership small, but faithful in attendance. 

Valley Lodge, No. 100, Dundas : Visited on Jan. 30th, 1893, 
and was most cordially received by W. Bro. J. C. Dixon, W. 
M., and officers, who conferred the 2nd degree in a manner 
calling for commendation. The amount of work done in this 
lodge is very creditable : the average attendance is fair ; the 
finances in good shape, except that the arrears of dues have 
been allowed to accumulate to too great an extent, thereby af- 
fecting not only the finances, but also the interest of the breth- 
ren in lodge affairs. The officers promised to make a strong 
effort to reduce the outstandings. 

Doric Lodge, No 121, Brantford : Visited this lodge on 
March 21st, 1893, and was met by a very large assemblage of 
the members. The removal to the new and handsome rooms 
seems to have given an impetus to Masonry in Brantford, and 
the brethren are to be congratulated on the success of their en- 
terprise, and indefatigable exertions. The lodge is reported 
as being out of debt, although the drain on the treasury has 
been very great during the year. W. Bro. W. E. Phin and 
officers conferred the first degree in a practically perfect man- 
ner. The prospects of this lodge are excellent. 

St. Clair Lodge, No. 135, Milton: I visited St. Clair Lodge 
April 6th, 1893, and found matters in fairly good shape : the 
arrears of dues were rather more than they should be, and an 
effort should be made to reduce them. The finances are in sood 


condition otherwise.. Minutes well recorded, and seven new 
members added to the roll. The first degree was conferred by 
the Master and officers. After the lodge meeting a very success- 
ful Charity Ball was held in the Town Hall. 

Burlington Lodge, No. 165, Burlington : Nov. 2nd, 1892. 
This was the first lodge which I had the pleasure of visiting, 
and received a most cordial welcome from W. Bro. S. Cline, 
W.M.j and the members. Portions of the work were exem- 
plified by the Master and officers in a very creditable manner. 
This lodge has an enthusiastic membership : its finances are in 
a fair condition, and prospects good 

Wentworth Lodge, No 166, Stoney Creek : I made an ap- 
pointment to visit this lodge on Xov. 28th, 1892, but being 
prevented by illness from keeping the engagement, deputed 
R.W. Bro.WG.Reid, P.D.D.G M., to take my place, which he 
kindly did, and, accompanied by the District Secretary and 
others, paid an official visit on that evening. The principal 
business for the lodge was the election of officers, and the Dis- 
trict Secretary reported to me after examining the books, that 
the financial position is excellent. The lodge is owner of the 
premises occupied by it, and of the store beneath. I, subse- 
quently, on April 24th, 1893, visited the lodge and witnessed 
the second degree conferred by W. Bro. L. Carr, I.P.M , and 
officers in an efficient manner. W. Bro. Rev. F. E. Howitt. 
W.M , opened and closed in the three degrees. 

Credit Lodge, No 219, Georgetown, Feb. 24th, 1893 : This 
lodge is in excellent shape financially, having assets $500.00, 
and liabilities nil. The W.M., W. Bro. Dr. Roe, and his offi- 
cers, initiated a candidate on the occasion of my visit, the work 
being very well and faithfully done. The books are exceed- 
ingly well kept, and the satisfactory state of the affairs of the 
lodge and zeal of the members point to a bright future in 

St. George Lodge, No. 243, St. George : On April 27th, 
1893, I visited St. George Lodge and was much pleased with 
the general tone of the feeling among the members, and the 
condition of the affairs of the lodge ; the finances are in good 
shape and the prospects of continued prosperity are favorable. 
The tirst degree was conferred by W. Bro. J. Van Atter, VV. 
M., in an excellent manner, and he was well supported by his 

Seymour Lodge, No. 272, Ancaster : Visited this lodge 
March 29th, 1893, with about seventeen P.M's and others, 
T>oric Lodge, No. 382, having resolved to pay a fraternal visit on 


the same evening. The W.M., W. Bro. J. A. Daniels, conferr- 
ed the first degree upon a candidate in a most creditable man- 
ner, although he modestly claimed nervousness, owing to the 
presence of so many visitors. The lodge is in the happy posi- 
tion of being the tenant of a brother who liberally grants the 
use of his building rent free. The finances are sound, and 
prospects very good. 

Dufferin Lodge, No. 291, West Plamboro' : Visited this 
lodge March 2nd, 1 893, accompanied by a number of brethren, 
and was met by a large attendance from the Dundas and An- 
caster Lodges. This lodge, though not numerically strong, is 
composed of energetic and zealous Craftsmen, who have ac- 
cumulated assets to the value of about $300, and have no lia- 
bilities. The work is correctly rendered The W. M., VV. 
Bro. John Simon, with a very efficient staff of officers, conferred 
the second degree 

Walker Lodge, No. 321, Acton, Feb. 27th, 1893: I was 
accompanied on this visit by R W. Bro. Geo. Russell, P D. 
D.G.M., and W. Bro. H. N. Kittson, District Secretary. No 
work was done, but W. Bro. J. Lawson, W.M., opened and 
closed the lodge in the three degrees Although no new ma- 
terial has been introduced into this lodge during the year, and 
its numbers are small, yet its financial standing and prospects 
are very good. 

Temple Lodge, No. 324, Hamilton : I visited this lodge on 
the evening of the annual electio7\ of officers, Dec. 13th, 1892, 
when a very promising staff of officers was selected from among 
the members, and, I am happy to say, from subsequent obser- 
vation, that the promise has been well filled, for in no lodge in 
the district is the work better rendered than in Temple Lodge, 
and the brethren are to be congratulated on their choice I 
did not call upon the W.M. to exemplify any work, as I am 
well cognizant of the capability of himself and officers I was 
made the recipient on this occasion of a very handsome silver- 
mounted walking-stick, presented on behalf of the lodge by W. 
Bro. Geo. E Martin, W.M., in a very happy speech. I had 
the pleasure of installing the officers elect at the joint meeting 
on Dec. 27th. The lodge is in a prosperous condition, finan- 
cially and otherwise. 

Waterdown Lodge, No. 357, Waterdown : I first visited 
this lodge Feb. 28th, 1893, together with a number of brethren 
from Hamilton, and being met by a large delegation from 
Burlington Lodge, headed by R. W. Bro. W. Kerns, P. I). 
D.G.M. The lodge finances are on a fairly good footing, there 


being no liabilities, and a sufficient revenue from clues to meet 
all expenses, but I found a feeling of depression existing as to 
the future of the lodge, which I did not think was warranted, 
and which I endeavored to overcome by argument and advice, 
in which I was ably and fraternally assisted by the other visi- 
tors. I again visited the lodge on May 30th with R. W Bro. 
Hoodless, P.D.D.G.M., and found the feeling still existing ; 
the attendance had been poor ; no degrees had been conferred ; 
sume members had resigned, and a number had not paid up 
their dues and had been suspended. This being election night, 
the W.M. requested me to preside, and an election of officers 
resulted. On the suggestion of myself, supported by Bro. 
Hoodless, it was decided to call an informal meeting of Crafts- 
men in the neighborhood, including non-affiliated and suspend- 
ed members, which was done, and on June 14th a very good 
meeting was held, the result being that two applications for 
affiliation were received, and a number of suspended members 
signified their intention of placing themselves in good stand- 
ing. On June 27th, 1 again visited the lodge, attended by R. 
W. Bros. Malloy and Russell, and W. Bros. Emory, Ferres, 
and Martin, who, with the Masters and Past Masters of the 
lodge, assisted me in installing the Master-elect and investing 
the officers. Quite a change of feeling had meantime taken 
place ; old members resolved to revive their interest in lodge 
matters, and I had the gratification of feeling that the efforts 
of' myself, and of the brethren who so ably assisted me, were 
likely to bear good fruit, and that Waterdown Lodge will again 
take the important position which it formally tilled in the 

Doric Lodge, No. 382, Hamilton, June 19th, 1893 : This 
lodge continues on its course of prosperity, and bids fair to at- 
tain a position of greater equality with the other city lodges 
than heretofore. My visit was paid, as is customary in Ham- 
ilton, on the occasion of the election of officers. The meeting 
was very well attended, and the officers of the past year re- 
ceived a step of promotion which was well deserved. The 
Master for the past year, W. Bro. J. Dixon, has been most 
faithfully supported, and the work has been well conducted 
throughout. There were fourteen candidates initiated, and a 
net gain of fourteen members, being the largest gain in any 
lodge in the city during the year. The financial affairs are 
well looked after, and on a good footing, and the prospects of 
the lodge are very favorable. I installed officers of this lodge 
also at the joint meeting with Barton Lodge, June 24th, 



I had the pleasure of accepting the hospitality of the breth- 
ren of every lodge on the occasion of my official visit ; the re- 
pasts were varied in extent, as was right and proper, according 
to the means of the lodge and members, but in all cases the 
welcome was spontaneous and hearty. At some of the ban- 
quets ale was provided, at very few were spirits admitted, and 
at none of them was any intemperance manifested. There 
appears to be a growing tendency to do away with all such 
beverages in this district, and, it -is my belief, that the practice 
of prudence and temperance is well observed under the pres- 
ent system of voluntary local option, and would not be im- 
proved under any prohibitory enactment. 

In conclusion, I have to tender my thauks to the many em- 
inent brethren who have cheerfully given me their advice and 
assistance during my term of office ; they are too numerous to 
be named individually, but I cannot omit the names of R. W. 
P.ros. J. Malloy, W G. Reid, and G. Russell, V. W. Bros. G. 
B. Mason and W. J. Grant, and W. Bros. H. N. Kittson, A. 
Pain, C. V. Emory and J. Ferres. I must also express the 
pleasure it has been to me when visiting the different lodges 
to have the opportunity of renewing old friendships and form- 
ing new ones, and I thank the brethren of the district for the 
warm and hospitable receptions they have accorded to me and 
to those who accompanied me on my visits. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

D.D.G.M., Hamilton District, No. 8. 
















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To the Most Worshipful the Ground Master, Officers aud Mr tu- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A. F.& A. M. of Canada, in the 
Province of Ontario : 

Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren,— I have the honor 
to submit to you the following report of the condition of 
Masonry in Georgian District. Having been duly honored by 
Grand Lodge with the office of D. D. G. M. of Georgian Dis- 
trict, I determined that, so far as my ability lay, I would en- 
deavor to till that high office in a manner that would not re- 
flect any discredit on the choice. 

My first official act was to appoint W. Bro. John H. Dickin- 
son my District Secretary, to whom I am deeply indebted for 
the faithful and zealous manner in which he has performed his 
duties, thereby lessening my labors very much. 

I then notified all the lodges of my election. My next act, 
which, I may say, was the only unpleasant one in connection 
with the duties of my office, was on account of information 
received of Manitoba Lodge, No. 236, Cookstown, having 
initiated a candidate from outside their jurisdiction. I wrote 
the lodge for the particulars, and to my surprise and sorrow 1 
found the rumor was correct. I then ordered all papers, etc., 
in connection with the matter to be sent to me, and at the 
same time instructed the W. M. not to confer any further de- 
grees until they had permission from the Grand Master, to 
whom I sent all correspondence, and the matter is now in his 


I have issued dispensations to the following lodges to at- 
tend Divine service, the fees for which have been forwarded 
to the Grand Secretary : 

Spry Lodge, No. 385, Beeton, June 18th ; Northern Light, 
No 266, Stayner, June 25th. 


The following deaths anions; the members have been report- 
ed to me : Bro. T. D. Mose, of Orillia Lodge, No. 192, Orillia : 
Bro. Thomas F. Richardson, Spry Lodge, No. 385, Beeton • 
Bro. Thomas Gibson, Beaver Lodge, No. 231, Clarksburg ; 
Bro. Robert Crawford, St. George's Lodge, No. 88, Owen 


St. George's Lodge, No. 88, Owen Sound : I made my offi- 
cial visit to this lodge on Wednesday, January 25th. T found 


a very good attendance, and the W. M. opened and closed in a 
correct manner, and as they had been disappointed as to a candi- 
date for initiation (he being unable to attend), I suggested 
that, if satisfactory to them, I wculd again pay them a visit, 
when I would be pleased to witness some portion of their 
work. Accordingly, I notified the W. M. of my intention to 
visit North Star Lodge, on 31st May, when I would be pleased 
to have them confer one of the degrees. The W. M. being 
away from home, the I. P. M., W. Bro. E. Cameron worked 
the third degree in a perfect manner ; he was also well sup- 
ported by the other officers. I was much pleased to meet R. 
W. Bro. George Inglis and V. W. Bro. B. McKnight. The 
lodge-room is one of the best The Secretary's and Treasurer's 
books are well kept Prospects of the lodge are the best. 

Manito Lodge, Xo. 90, Collingwood : I visited this lodge on 
"Wednesday, April 5th. As I expected, I found a first-class 
lodge. W. Bro. H. Bowe, the W. M., opened and closed in 
the three degrees, and conferred the second degree upon a can- 
didate in a correct manner. He was supported, as all 
should be, by a first-class lot of officers. The lodge-room i- 
one of the best in the district. The Secretary's (Bro. C. A. 
Macdonald) books are a credit to him and to the lodge. I was 
much pleased to meet R. W. Bro. Toner, who takes a deep in- 
terest in the welfare of this lodge, the prospects of which are 
very good. 

True Blue Lodge, Xo. 98, Albion : I visited this lodge on 
Thursday, March 9th. This is one of the lodges that has not, 
in my opinion, been fairly dealt with : they should be, un- 
doubtedly, in Toronto District. 1 found they had not been 
vi^ired since R. W. Bro. J). Mac Watt visited them in 1891, and 
from his report, I am pleased to be able to say there has been 
a decided improvement in the lodge. The W. M., W. Bro. 
W illoughby, opened and closed in the three degrees, and ex- 
emplified the work in the first degree in a very pleasing way ; 
his officers also supported him very ably. The Secretary is all 
attention, and very obliging. The lodge room, although on 
the ground flour, is very nicely furnished and well protected. 
The prospects for this lodge are, I think, good. 

Corinthian Lodge, Xo. 96, Barrie : I visited this lodge on 
Thursday, April 6th. Xo lodge in the district knows how to 
receive the representative of the Grand Master more enthusias- 
tically than this one, and my reception was no exception to the 
rule. I was very much pleased to meet R. W. Bros. King, 
Monkman and Mac Watt. W. Bro. Urqhuart, the W. M., 


opened and closed the lodge in the three degrees, and conferred 
the 3rd degree upon a candidate in a manner highly compli- 
mentary to himself and the other officers of the lodge The 
kindness extended to me by the brethren of both Kerr and 
Corinthian Lodges, on my official and other visits to Barrie, 
will not soon be forgotten. The Secretary's books are excep- 
tionally well kept. The prospects of this lodge are of the very 

Pythagoras Lodge, No. 137, Meaford : I visited this lodge 
on Friday, June 30th. W. Bro. Evans, W.M., conferred the 
3rd degree fairly well. The other officers require more prac- 
tice in the work, in order to attain a proper state of efficiency. 
The Secretary's (Bro. Patterson) books are well kept, but 1 
must reiterate what my predecessor has already stated, that 
there is no reason, save indifference on the part of the members, 
why this lodge should not prosper. I have to thank W. Bro. 
John H. Dickinson (District Secretary) and W. Bro. Dyre, 
Past Masters of Beaver Lodge, Clarksburg, and W. Bro W. 
D. Spry, W.M. of Minerva Lodge, Stroud, for their kindness 
in accompanying me upon this occasion. 

Orillia Lodge, No. 192, Orillia : I visited this lodge on 
Friday, April 28th. I am pleased to say that W. Bro. C. E. 
Roper, the W.M., has worked this lodge into a more efficient 
state than it has been in for some time, but it does not reflect 
any credit on the majority of the members to think that they 
do not assist their W. M. in his efforts, as they should do, 
although, with the assistance of the Secretary, Bro. Robinson, 
and a few others, the prospects of this lodge are brighter than 
formerly. The W.M. conferred the 2nd degree in a correct 
manner, but did not receive the support of the other officers 
that he was entitled to. I impressed upon them the import- 
ance of closer attention to the ritual in order to lessen the 
work of the W.M. The Secretary's books are very well kept. 
I am deeply indebted to W. Bro. Urqhuart, of Corinthian 
Lodge, Barrie, for his kindness in accompanying me on my 

Kerr Lodge, No. 230, Barrie : I visited this lodge on Mon- 
day, February 27th. The third degree was conferred upon a 
candidate by the W. M., Wor. Bro. Sanford, in a very efficient 
manner, and he was well supported by the other officers, wh< > 
all take a deep interest in their lodge. The Secretaiy's and 
Treasurer's books are kept in a very correct and neat way. 
The lodge room is without doubt the finest in the district as 
far as appointments are concerned. I was pleased to meet M. 
W. Bro. Spry. Prospects very good. 


Beaver Lodge, No. 234, Clarksburg : I visited this lodge on 
Tuesday, December 27th. It being the evening for installation 
of officers, and this being my own lodge, I installed the officers. 
1 may say that I had an opportunity of witnessing the work 
by both the retiring and newly elected W. M.'s. W. Bro. 
Dyre conferred the third degree upon a candidate in a manner 
highly complimentary to himself, and was fairly supported by 
the other officers. W. Bro. H. Tyne, theW.M. elect', initiated 
a candidate in a very correct manner, an i this being his first 
work I was pleased to be able to compliment him upon the 
very correct and impressive manner in which the degree was 
conferred. The Secretary's ( W. Bro. John H. Dickenson) 
Ijooks are a credit to him, and the lodge is very fortunate in 
being able to retain his services. The lodge room is very 
comfortable, and the prospects are good. This lodge has 
adopted the practice of decorating the graves of deceased 
brethren with flowers, once each year, and the decorations 
made on Sunday, July 2nd, of the present year, were very tine. 
The graves were completely covered with beautiful flowers, in 
the form of Masonic emblems, etc., etc. It is very gratifying 
to me to see that the members of this lodge do not forget their 
departed brethren. The ceremony is performed in a quiet un- 
assuming manner, there being no display other than the de- 
positing of the flowers on the graves. 

Manitoba, Xo. 236, Cookstown : 1 visited this lo Ige on 
Tuesday, March 7th. W. Bro. John Robinson conferred the 
second degree in a very efficient manner. As this was one of 
the lodges that was not very favorably reported on by my pre- 
decessor, I was pleased to compliment the W. M. on his por- 
tion of the work, but he does not yet receive the support from 
his wardens and deacons that he should, although I think 
there is a decided improvement. As this is the lodge referred 
to in the commencement of my report, as having initiated a 
candidate from outside their jurisdiction, I had to explain the 
importance of adhering to the constitution, and I feel conti- 
dent they have had a lesson that will teach them to fully 
appreciate the important position they as a lodge should oc- 
cupy. The minutes have been fairly well kept, but with 
my advice a little more care will be taken in the future. The 
W.M.j Secretary, and most of the brethren, are anxious about 
the prosperity of the lodge, and I think in future it will be of 
a higher standard than in the past. The lodge room is alto- 
gether too small, and I believe a move is being made to secure 
more commodious and convenient premises, in which I trust 
they may be successful. 


Caledonia Lodge, No. 249, Midland : I visited this lodge on 
Tuesday, March 14th. W. Bro. C. A. Phillips, W.M., con- 
ferred the second degree, and opened and closed in the three 
degrees very well, but he was only fairly supported by the 
other officers. I am happy to say that the members are tak- 
ing a deeper interest in the lodge, than before. Much credit 
is due to the W.M. and the Secretary, Wor. Bro Raikes. 
They have a very nice lodge room, and I think prospects of 
success are better than for some time previous. 

Northern Light, No. 266, Stayner : I visited this lodge on 
Tuesday, March 28th. W. Bro John Cameron, W.M, opened 
and closed the lodge in the three degrees in a very satisfactory 
manner. Having been disappointed in a candidate not com- 
ing forward for initiation (owing to being out of town), I pro- 
mised to visit them again later on. Accordingly, on Tuesday, 
April 11th, I again paid them a visit, when the 1st degree was 
conferred by the W.M., and all the officers, in a very credit- 
able manner. Both officers and members take a deep interest 
in their lodge, which is prosperous. The lodge-room is small, 
but comfortable. The Secretary's books are well kept. 

Seven Star Lodge, No 285, Alliston : I visited this lodge 
on Wednesday, June 28th. W. Bro. Ellis opened and closed 
in the three degrees, and conferred the 1st and 2nd degrees on 
two candidates in a very efficient manner, the other officers 
performing their duty fairly well. The Secretary's books are 
well kept. The prospect of this lodge is better than it has 
been for years. 

Minerva Lodge, No. 304, Stroud : I visited this lodge on 
Tuesday, June 27th. I was accompanied by M. W. Bro. 
Spry, V. W. Bro. "Wesley, W. Bros. Hallett, Lrqhuart and Hood, 
of Barrie, also W. Bro Dickinson, District Secretary, and 
other brethren. This being the evening for installation of 
officers, T was very much pleased to witness the ceremony as 
rendered by VV. Bro. Palling, P.M. of this lodge, and W. Bros. 
Hallett and L T rqhuart, which was very impressively performed. 
The newly-installed W. M., W. Bro. Will. D. Spry, closed the 
lodge in the three degrees in a very able manner. This lodge 
should prosper from the deep interest taken in it by several of 
the energetic Masons of Barrie, who have recently affiliated 
with it, amongst them being M. W. Bro. Spry, P.G.M. The 
Secretary's (Bro. C. E. Chantler) books are well kept. The 
lodge-room is comfortable, but not desirable, being small, and 
on the ground floor. 

North Star Lodge, No. 322, Owen Sound : I visited this 


lodge on Wednesday, May 31st. As I mentioned in my report 
of visit to St. George's, No. 88, I visited this lodge on the 
above date, and was much pleased to meet R. W. Bros. Creasor 
and Inglis, and a number of members of St. George's. W. 
Bro. W. A. Bishop, W.M., opened and closed in the three 
degrees, and conferred the 2nd degree upon a candidate in a 
manner highly complimentary to him (being the first time that 
he had conferred a degree); he was well supported by the other 
officers. The lodge is particularly fortunate in securing the 
services of so efficient a Secretary as Bro. Munro. Prospects 
of lodge very bright. This being a joint meeting of both 
lodges in Owen Sound, and as the brethren of that town are 
noted for their enthusiastic reception of the D.D G.M. and all 
visiting brethren, my visit was looked forward to by me with 
pleasure, and the remembrance of their kindness will always 
be to me one of the brightest recollections of the year. 

Prince Arthur Lodge, No. 333, Flesherton : I visited this 
lodge on Friday, May 26th. W. Bro. A. S. Vandusen, W.M.. 
and officers, opened and closed the lodge in a correct manner. 
This being election night, the conferring of any of the degrees 
was dispensed with, although the VV.M. was prepared to work 
any of them. This being a comparatively small lodge, I was 
particularly well pleased to notice the liberal grant of seventy- 
five dollars ($75) voted to a "Worthy Brother, a member of this 
lodge, who has been ill for some time. All the members seem 
to be endowed with a true Masonic spirit. The Secretary's 
books are well kept, and the lodge-room is very comfortable. 
Prospects of this- lodge are better than formerly. 

Georgian, No 348, Penetanguishene : I visited this lodge 
on Wednesday, March 15th. This lodge has been at a very 
low ebb ; so much so that they neglected to elect their officers 
at the proper time. I wrote V. Wor. Bro. Buckley, request- 
ing him to make another effort to get the members together, 
which he did, and they afterwards elected their officers under 
a special dispensation, and through the exertions of Bro. Buck- 
ley and the newly-elected W.M., Bro. Milligan. I am happy 
to say that the lodge is now in a flourishing condition. All 
the members seem to take a deep interest in the working of 
the lodge. The night of my visit the W M. initiated a candi- 
date very creditably. The books are well and neatly kept : the 
Grand Lodge dues, which were in arrears, are now paid up. I 
am deeply indebted to Bro. C. A. Beck for his kind attention 
to me on my official visit. 

Lome, No. 377, Shelburne : I visited this lodge, Thursday, 


May 25th. Wor. Bro. James Cleary, W.M., opened and closed 
the lodge in the three degrees, and exemplified the work in the 
third degree fairly well. The Wardens and Deacons were well 
skilled. The Secretary's books are well kept, and the prospects 
of this lodge are bright. The lodge room is very comfortable. 

Spry, No. 385, Beeton : I visited this lodge on Wednesday, 
March 8th, and found one of the finest little lodges in the dis- 
trict. The W.M., Bro. Bell, opened and closed in the three 
degrees, and exemplified the work in the first degree in a manner 
on which both himself and his officers are to be complimented. 
[ think every member takes a deejD interest in the lodge, hence 
they are successful. The Secretary, Bro. Croft, keeps his books 
as they should be kept, and they are a credit to him. The 
prospects of this lodge are good. 

Simcoe, No. 79, Bradford : On February 10th, I wrote the 
W. M. asking for general information as to this lodge, and as 
I did not receive any reply, I wrote R. W. B. H.S. Broughton, 
a P.M. (to whom I am deeply indebted for any information 
respecting this lodge), explaining my letter to the W M., to 
which he replied stating he would once more try and get the 
brethren together, but he again failed, owing to lodge-room 
being burned. I then suggested that he get a meeting of as 
many as possible to talk over the probability of putting new 
life into the old lodge, and he replied that they appeared to 
take no interest whatever, as will be seen by the tabulated re- 
port herewith, they having only had two meetings during the 
past year. I would therefore recommend that they be request- 
ed to surrender their warrant. 

With the exception of Simcoe, No. 79, it will be seen that 
Masonry in this district is in a prosperous condition. 

As will be seen by the foregoing report, I have visited all 
the lodges in the district once ; several twice during my term 
of office. 

In conclusion, I thank the brethren of the district for the 
many acts of kindness rendered to me during the year, and I 
assure them that I shall always remember with pleasure the 
year I held the important office of D. D. G. M. of the Georgian 

Annexed hereto, will be found a tabulated statement show- 
ing the work done and general condition of lodges in this dis- 
trict during the past year 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Lodge of A. F. and A. M., of 
Canada, in the Province of Ontario. 
Most Worshipful Sir axd Brothers : 

I have the honor to present the following report on the 
condition of Masonry in the tenth Masonic District. 

Having been honored by being elected to the important 
(•thee of District Deputy Grand Master of the Niagara Dis- 
trict, I take this opportunity of thanking my brethren for the 
kind recognition bestowed upon me, and for the courteous and 
hospitable manner they have received me on every occasion 
during the year. 

I have visited every lodge in the district at least once dur- 
ing my term of office, and am pleased to be able to report that 
many of the lodges are in a very prosperous condition ; a few, 
however, have not made much progress, but the greater num- 
ber have added to their membership, making the aggregate in- 
crease in the district quite considerable. 

I propose being very brief, and refer you to the annexed 
statement, which gives the standing and my notes upon each 
lodge in the district. I regret that some of the lodges have 
been tardy making returns of information. It gives me 
pleasure, however, to be able to report that in all the lodges 
harmony prevails, and the majority of the W. M.'s are well 
skilled, and the work properly presented. 

The lodge rooms of the district, with one or two exceptions, 
are large, comfortable, well furnished, and supplied with all 
the appliances necessary to the work. 

The average attendance is not what it should be, being a 
trifle over twenty-live per cent, of the membership. 

Non-payment of dues is the great evil and the one cause 
that swells the loss of our members more than all the other 
causes combined. In my visits I have urged the necessity of 
prompt action in the collection of dues. The Masters and 
Secretaries of nearly all the lodges are making earnest efforts 
to abate this crying evil, and I am pleased to learn are meet- 
ing with every encouraging success. Just here I venture the 
opinion that two lodges in St. Catharines instead of three as at 
present, and one in Welland instead of two, would be a de- 
cided benefit to the brethren of each place. In conclusion I 
wish to thank the brethren for their kindness to me during 
my visits to their different lodges. 



Mountain Lodge, No. 221, Thorold : In company with Bro. 
J. G. Cadhain, S W., St. Mark, No. 105, I made my first offi- 
cial visit to this lodge on November 30th, 1892. The lodge 
has a membership of 72, an average attendance of 16 ; number 
present on the occasion of my visit, 22. They have a large 
room, beautifully furnished, on which they carry an insurance 
of $500. The Secretary, Bro. Fish, keeps the books in good 
order, and, financially, the lodge is in a prosperous condition 
There being no work, the W. M. opened and closed the lodge 
in the second and third degrees, which were fairly well done. 
With careful study and practice tins should be one of the best 
lodges in the district. 

Palmer Lodge, No. 372, International Bridge : Visited De- 
cember 6th, 1892. The work of the evening was the passing 
and raising of candidates. The degrees were well conferred 
and the officers well posted in the work, rendering it in a man- 
ner effective and instructive. The Secretary, R. W Bro. 
Hurrell, has his books in first-class order. Dues are well paid 
up ; a membership of 40; average attendance, 17 : number- 
present at my visit, 33. They have a neat room, well equipped. 
Insurance, 8400. This is certainly the banner lodge of the 
district in the matter of exemplifying the work. 

Niagara Lodge, No. 2, Niagara on the Lake : The oldest 
lodge in the jurisdiction. Visited January 25th, 1893. The 
membership is 35; average attendance, 13 ; number present 
at my visit, 19. The W. M. opened and closed in the second 
and third degrees, work very creditably done, being ably 
assisted by his Wardens and officers. Niagara Lodge is in a 
prosperous condition. The building in which it now meets is 
owned by the lodge and fully insured. 

Union Lodge, No. 7, Grimsby : Visited January 26th, 1893. 
Brethren present, 41; members on the roll, 62 ; average attend- 
ance, 20. They have just moved into a new room which is 
elegantly furnished. It was the intention of the brethren to 
amply insure. W. Bro. Sykes, assisted by an efficient staff, 
opened and closed in the second and third degrees, which were 
exceedingly well done. The books are kept in first-class order. 
The dues are paid up to date with hardly an exception The 
prospects of the lodge are very bright. 

King Solomon Lodge, No. 329, Jarvis : Visited Jan. 27th, 
1893. Officers all present. This lodge has a membership of 
45 ; average attendance, 1 9 : number present at my visit, 23. 
They have a very good room, nicely furnished, and on which 


they carry an insurance of §270. By request, the W. M. 
opened and closed the lodge in the second and third degrees. 
The Secretary's books are in excellent shape. Dues are well 
paid up, and the prospects of the lodge are good. 

Enniskillen Lodge, No. 185, York : I visited this lodge in 
company with W. Bro. Olds, of the Hamilton District, Jan. 
30th, 1893. Membership, 24; average attendance, 9; mem- 
bers present, 15. The brethren have purchased a hall for 
lodge purposes, for which the members have nearly all paid 
$10 subscription. Dues are only fairly paid, not close up. The 
W. M. and all his officers are very rusty with the work, being 
unable to open and close in anything like a creditable man- 
ner. There seems to be no interest taken, and Masonic mat- 
ters are dormant. 

VI cNab Lodge, No. 169: Pt. Colborne : Visited, Jan. 31st, 
1893. The prospects of this lodge are very poor. The mem- 
bers seemingly take little or no interest in lodge matters. The 
average attendance for the past year being 7, or just enough to 
open the lodge The membership is 48. Members present at 
my visit, 12. They have a good room, nicely furnished, and 
with their opportunities should have a far better lodge. 

Temple Lodge, No. 296, St. Catharines : Visited, Feb. 22nd, 
I 893, accompanied by Bro. J. M. Douglas, of St. Mark's Lodge, 
No. 105 W Bro. Klotz installed the officers elect for the 
ensuing year, which was splendidly done. All the officers do 
their work well, and the prospects of the lodge are exceed- 
ingly bright. R. W. Bro. Robertson was present, and takes 
a very active part in the work. Number of members on the 
roll, 55; members present. 33: average attendance, 1 6. The 
dues are in fair shape. 

Ivy Lodge, No. 115, Beamsville : Visited, Feb. 28th, 1893, 
Members present, 20 ; average attendance, 1 4 : members on 
the roll, 59. Their room, with regard to furnishings, is sec- 
ond to none in the district. They carry an insurance of $600. 
The work of the evening was in the third degree, which was 
very creditably exemplitied. Had the pleasure of meeting 
several visiting brethren from Dufferin Lodge, Wellandport 

Seymour Lodge, No 277. Pt. Dalhousie : Visited, March 1st, 
1893. This lodge has been burned out three times within the 
last twenty years, and deserves great credit for the manner in 
which they have persevered, and bringing the lodge up to its 
present state. Their room, though small, is neatly furnished 
and fully insured. The W. M , assisted by VV. Bro. Green, 
verv ably worked the second degree. Dues are well collected. 


and prospects are bright. The meetings of the lodge in sum- 
mer are naturally poorly attended, as many of their members 
are away during that part of the year. Members on roll, 35 ; 
average attendance, 13 : members present time of my visit, 19, 
of which 1 1 were lake captains' 

Clifton Lodge, No. 254, Niagara Falls : Visited, March 2nd, 
1893, accompanied by several members of St. Mark's Lodge, 
No. 105. This lodge has a membership of 82 ; an average at- 
tendance of 30 : members present at my visit, 46. The W.M., 
assisted by a very efficient staff of officers, did the work of the 
second degree in a very creditable manner. They have a fine 
lodge-room, and every member takes an interest in the work. 
Financially, the lodge is in a very prosperous condition. For 
attendance, this is the banner lodge of the district. 

Amity Lodge, No. 32, Dunnville: Visited, March 8th, 1893. 
The lodge was opened in the three degrees, and a brother 
raised. The work was not first-class, it being quite plain that 
the officers are considerably out of practice. They have a 
small lodge-room, well equipped with the necessary appliances. 
Dues are in very good condition Membership, 58 ; average 
attendance, 1 7 : members present, 1 9. Sevei'al brethren from 
Dufferin Lodge, Wellandport, and King Solomon Lodge, Jar- 
vis, were present. 

Merritt Lod^e, No. 168, Welland : Visited March 27th, 
1893, accompanied by W. Bro. D. R. Pursel, of St. Marks, 
No. 105. This lodge is in a very prosperous condition. On 
the occasion of my visit the ballot was taken for five candi- 
dates, four of which were accepted and two initiated, the 
work being done in a very efficient manner. Dues are fairly 
well collected. Their room is neatly furnished. Membership, 
85 ; average attendance, 21 : membeis present, 28. The future 
of this lodge is a bright one. 

St. George Lodge, No. 15, St. Catharines : Visited March 
28th, 1893. This lodge has not been in a very prosperous 
condition of late. They have a membership of 95, with an 
average attendance of only 8, which is proof positive that 
there is not the interest taken that there should be. The even- 
ing work consisted of one initiation which was fairly well done. 
The Secretary, Bro. O. Loughlin, is making an effort to get 
the dues collected, which, if accomplished, will put the lodge 
in a good financial position. Members present at time of my 
visit, 11. 

Hiram Lodge, No. 319, Hagersville : Visited March 30th, 
1893. There was a fair attendance considering the state of 


the roads, there being present 15 members out of a member- 
ship of 33, the average attendance for the past year being 8. 
The W. M. is an earnest and zealous Mason, and one who, I 
am sure, before the end of his term of office, will place his 
lodge in a hrst-class condition. Work, with this lodge, at pre- 
sent, is quite plentiful, three candidates being initiated on 
the night of my visit. 

Copestone Lodge, No. 373, Welland : Visited April 6th, 
1893. This lodge has a membership of 37 ; average attendance, 
7 ; members present at my visit, 3 ; which shows a great lack 
of interest on the part of the members, as there were two can- 
didates in waiting to be passed. About half-past nine the 
brethren present succeeded in getting enough of the members 
of Merritt Lodge to assist in the work, which was poorly done. 
I would venture the opinion that it would be better for this 
lodge to amalgamate with Merritt Lodge, No. 168. 

Myrtle Lodge, No. 337, Pt. Robinson: Visited April 25th, 
1893, accompanied by W. Bro. D. R. Pursel. There being no 
work on hand, the W. M. opened and closed in the second and 
third degrees, which was rather poorly done, as the officers 
are out of practice. A large number of the members are en- 
gaged in sailing, and the attendance was small. The dues 
are well paid. Their room is nicely furnished. Membership, 
34. Average attendance, 1 1 . Members present at my visit, 1 4. 

Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 103, St. Catharines : Visited April 27th, 
1893. This lodge is in a prosperous condition, having a mem- 
bership of 98, and an average attendance of 18. The W. M. 
and his officers have the work well. The work of the evening 
was raising a candidate to the third degree, and the manner 
in which it was done is a credit to the lodge. The Secretary's 
books are well kept, and the dues well paid up. Members 
present at my visit, 29 

Dufferin Lodge, No 338, Wellandport : Visited June 21st, 
1893, accompanied by W. Bro. F. P. Summer and Bros. J, G. 
Cadham and J. M. Douglas, all of St Mark's, No. 105. The 
lodge is not as prosperous as it should be, having only held 
nine meetings during the year, with an average attendance of 
9. Membership 21 ; members present night of my visit, 14. 
Dues are in fairly good shape, and prospects of the lodge are 

St. Mark's Lodge, No. 105, Niagara Falls Village : This be- 
ing my mother lodge, I visited it as a member on many lodge- 
nights. We have a large, well ventilated, and well furnished 
room ; our paraphernalia and furniture are fully insured. 
Membership 55 — and the W. M. is a zealous worker. 

166 <;rand lodge of Canada. 

St. Johns No. 35, Cayuga : Visited June 29th, 1893. There 
were 13 members present. The work of the evening was in 
the first degree, which was very creditably done, it being the 
first work of the new officers installed June 24th. Dues are 
well collected, and prospects of the lodge are bright. Number 
of members on the roll, 28 ; average attendance, 9. 


I have issued three dispensations to allow brethren clothed 
as Masons to attend Divine service, viz. : Niagara Lodge, 
No. 2, on the Lake ; St. John's, No. 35, Cayuga : and Clifton, 
No. 254. Niagara Falls. In each case, I have been assured, 
the proceedings were such as to reflect credit upon the Craft. 

The expenses of the D D. G. M. (with one exception), have 
been promptly met by every lodge in the district. 

In conclusion, I have only to remark that wherever I have 
gone throughout the district, I have met with the heartiest 
and most generous welcome from each and every lodge, and I 
ask the brethren in whatever they see that I have failed, to 
extend to me the benefit of their Masonic Charity, and be- 
lieve that, at all events, I have tried to do my best to forward 
the interests of the Craft in general. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

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To the Most Worship/id the Grand Master, officers and mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodye of A.F. and A.M. of Canada, in the 
Province of Ontario 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren, 

The task of governing and administering the affairs of this 
large and important district has been a comparatively easy one, 
the efforts of the eminent brethren who preceded me, in the 
office of D.D.G.M , having borne good fruit. In order that 
the work might be systematically and acceptably performed, I 
selected V.W. Bro. A. A. S. Ardagh, G.S.D., to be my Dis- 
trict Sec'y, and the Rev. W. W. Bates, W.M., of Patterson 
Lodge, to be District Chaplain. By the former, I have been 
accompanied in my visits to almost every lodge, and I cheer- 
fully bear witness to his untiring energy, zeal, and willingness 
to render me every assistance in his power, indeed, his services 
have been of such a nature that he has laid upon me a debt of 
gratitude which time alone can aid me in discharging. The 
latter has afforded me consolation and comfort on many oc- 


Notwithstanding opinions previously expressed regarding 
the numerical strength of the lodges in this district, and the 
difficulties encountered thereby in arriving at an accurate and 
satisfactory data, I am free to confess that I see no reasonable 
argument why the eleventh district should be submitted for 
the consideration of the re-distribution committee I have 
visited, and carefully examined into the condition and pros- 
pects of the thirty-eight lodges comprised within the jurisdic- 
tion I have talked with the older members of all, notably 
those which are classed as country lodges, and in no case 
have I discovered an inclination, expressed or implied, that 
would indicate a desire for a division of the district When 
it is considered that some sixteen or more lodges out of the 38 
are concentrated within the radius of a few miles, and that 
communication with all the 38 lodges is rendered easy by con- 
venient railway connection, it will be understood that the de- 
sire to remain as we are is neither new, nor has it lacked consid- 
eration I cannot therefore endorse the suggestion for disente- 
grating a district which, from the harmony that has hitherto 
prevailed within its limits, has earned a reputation for solidity 
and excellent working. 


A personal supervision of all the lodges, embracing lifty-six 
visits, enables me to report with confidence that the 11th 
Masonic District has attained a degree of proficiency which, if 
adhered to, will render the work of my successor as pleasant 
as my own. 

The matters of dispute, or differences of opinion, which in 
many cases magnify themselves into mountains of discord, are 
happily unknown. When a conflict arises there is invariably 
expressed a disposition to bridge the difficulty in a harmonious 
and fraternal fashion. I need not say that such a feeling pre- 
vailing everywhere has rendered my duties comparatively 
light. Yet there have been many faults and blemishes which 
have been prominently brought to the front by my predecess- 
ors, which, owing to their efforts, have been considerably re- 
duced, but are still apparent enough to demand attention and 
notice from myself. 

Among these I may include the lack of attention to prompt 
collection of dues, the occasional indifference of the subordin- 
ate officers of a private lodge to the details of floor work, and 
the apathy of some secretaries, especially with lodges having 
'•oncurrent jurisdiction and not retaining a record of brethren 
suspended or restored, and, above all, the necessity of a *strict 
and jealous preservation of old lodge minutes and records. In 
this respect I would recommend most strongly that a careful 
inventory should be taken of all lodge property ; especially 
the records, and that the incoming master, in every instance, 
should be held responsible for their safe custody during his 
term, and their deliverance intact to his successor. 

The statement that the District has progressed is substan- 
tiated by the fact that within the period there have been 400 
additions, which, with usual reductions for resignations, sus- 
pensions and deaths, leaves a net gain of 157. In the good 
work which we are enjoined to cultivate, the district has not 
been behind, over $1,650 having been paid out to the needy 
and distressed. 


My observations of the workings of the city lodges led me 
to the conclusion that a Lodge of Instruction in the city of 
Toronto was at the present time unnecessary. The Masters 
and officers, generally, being imbued with a desire to excel, I 
therefore confined my attention in this respect to the country, 
and convened a general Lodge of Instruction in the commo- 
dious hall of Rising Sun Lodge, Aurora, when the first and 
third degrees were worked with praiseworthy accuracy and at- 


tuition to detail by the W. Master and officers of Richmond 
and Rising Sun Lodges respectively. On this occasion there 
were brethren present from Newmarket, Schomberg, Sharon, 
Sutton, Maple, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Nobleton and other 
places, and all were pleased and instructed. 

The brethren of Rising Sun entertained the many visitors 
with fraternal hospitality. 


1 desire particularly to request the attention of the commit- 
tee on the condition of Masonry to a matter which I consider 
of no light importance. And I believe I voice the sentiments 
of every D.D G. VI., both of this and former periods, when I say 
that the diversity in the dates of installing private lodge offi- 
cers not only proves injurious to the lodge, but hampers the 
labors of the inspecting officer. A little thought will con- 
vince even those who may be wedded to the December anni- 
versary that the fact that the D.D.G.M. does not enter upon 
his duties until July must in many cases render his position 
peculiar and sometimes unpleasant. Under existing circum- 
stances he is compelled very often to suit the convenience of 
the lodge, that is, if he has to inspect working which his pre- 
decessor has left for him, or otherwise postpone it until per- 
haps a new set of officers are in harness. The inconveniences 
occasioned by a connection of dates are sometimes of a for- 
midable nature, so much so that not int'recjuently a set of 
lodge officers will pass through their term uninspected ; and 
yet the D.D.G.M. will have made the visit recpiired of him. 
The remedy for this lies with the Grand Lodge If it were so 
provided that every lodge elected their officers in May and in- 
stalled in June the} would then be contemporary with the 
D.D.G.M., and if the latter did his whole duty there could not 
possibly be a gap or blemish in the annual inspections. 


An event of no little importance and congratulation, brings 
of necessity to this report, a reference to the utility and benefit 
of the P.M's. Association established some three years ago. 

At its meeting in May, a resolution which might not other- 
wise have seen the light, was brought forward, congratulating 
the Veteran R W Bro. Kivas Tully upon attaining the pre- 
vious month the fiftieth anniversary of his initiation. The R. 
\Y. Bro. first saw light in Masonry in Lodge No. 13, Limerick, 
Ireland : his Masonic parent being the late Sir James Spaight, 
Prov. G. M. of North Munster. 


On this occasion Bro. Tully contributed a paper, entitled, 
" Irish Lodges in Canada," which proved a most interesting 
history, and the happy combination of circumstances induced 
a resolution, unanimously adopted, and to the effect that to 
commemorate such an eventful occasion and at the same time 
to preserve, for the benefit of the Craft generally so interesting 
a paper, " The D. D. G. M. be requested to incorporate it in 
an appendix to his report for the purpose of being printed 
with the proceedings of Grand Lodge.'' The above needs no 
comment from me. R. W. Bro Tully's services and devotion 
to the Craft, and to this Grand Lodge from its inception, 
entitles him to more consideration than so humble a request 
would embrace. 


The destroyer has dealt kindly with us during the past year. 
The reports from the several lodges show that the membership 
rolls, have been decreased by thirty-six brethren, who have in 
their respective spheres aided to shed lustre on the good old 
Craft, and whose memory, now that they have crossed that 
sea, the crest of whose waves have never yet borne the shadow 
of a returning sail, brings a pang of regret that their true 
value was not the more appreciated while they dwelt among 
as Among the names who have passed away are a few who 
have been familiar to the members of Grand Lodge in the" 
years gone by. and when many of us who are aspiring and 
confident were but children. 

R. W. Bro. W. G. Storm, who was called to his reward, 
was a devoted member of the Craft, and to his death continued 
in active connection. He was a member of St. Andrew's 
Lodge and a D. D. G. M. of this district in 1861. 

The same old lodge lost another valuable member in V. VV. 
Bro. Bigelow, who, at the time of his death, represented Toronto 
in the Local Legislature. He held the office of G. D. C. in 

R. W. Bro. John A. Wills, P. G. S. W., leaves a gap in the 
ranks of St. George's Lodge that will not be easily tilled. 

St. John's and King Solomon Lodges also mourn the loss of 
two Past Masters in the persons of W. Bro. Robert McKim 
and John P. Pearson, both of whom left on the records of 
their respective lodges the imprint of their zeal and in- 


The centennial year of Masonry in Ontario is now a matter 
of history, and it is with pardonable pride that I now revert to 


the unalterable fact that to my brethren of the Queen City of 
the West belongs the distinguished honor of keeping green in 
the memory of the Craft the struggles and achievements of our 
Masonic pioneers, and commemorating their noble deeds in the 
celebration of the One Hundredth anniversary of the estab- 
lishment of our cherished fraternity in this fair province. 
While we congratulate ourselves that Toronto conceived and 
carried out to a glorious issue the proper observation of a mo- 
mentous event, the reflection that it was confined to Toronto 
occasions a sentiment of genuine sorrow, that the Craft at 
large was not a participant. The opportunity of making it a 
period of general rejoicing was missed, because of the preju- 
dices of a popularity-seeking brother, who discerned nothing 
in the proposal beyond an excuse to afford the Toronto brethren 
a chance to "guzzle." 

That such an argument prevailed in Grand Lodge must 
surely be a cause of lasting regret to the brethren at large, but 
while we can afford to forgive the fraternal peculiarities that 
prompted so uncharitable a sentiment, we feel confident that 
Grand Lodge will appreciate the action of the Toronto breth- 
ren, ami applaud a motive that was born in a spirit of patriot- 
ism, as well as of affection for our time-honored Craft. 

In the hands of an active committee, and under the eves 
Watchful eye of the indefatigable Secretary, V.W. Bro. A.A.S. 
Ardagh, the preparations for the important event made rapid 

To commemorate the occasion, a medal was appropriately de- 
signed and struck in silver, a souvenir that even now is highly 
prized and sought for. 

On Sunday, the 18th December last, the celebration was in- 
augurated by a full choral service in the Metropolitan church, 
which proved inadequate to accommodate the vast congrega- 
tion. The brethren in attendance occupied the body of the 
spacious edifice, each wearing the centennial medal. Bro. Rev. 
W. F. Wilson, chaplain of St. Andrew's Lodge, preached a 
sermon of singular power, and a handsome collection in aid of 
the Hospital for Sick Children resulted. 

On St. John's Day, the 27th of the same month, the Cen- 
tennial banquet was held, and at which four hundred brethren 
participated. Need I say that with M. W. Bro. J. Ross Rob- 
ertson in the chair, and supported on the right and left by such 
distinguished brethren and orators as Hon. G. A. Kirkpatrick, 
Lieutenant-Governor, who was accompanied by his son and 
aide, also a member of the Craft : Past Grand Masters J. K 


Kerr, Q.C., and Hugh Murray ; Deputy Grand Master W. R. 
White, Q.C. ; Grand Secretary, J. J. Mason ; E. T. Malone, 
P.D.D.G.M, ; G. J. Bennett, P.D.D.G.M.; F. F. Manley, 
Grand Registrar; A. A. S. Ardagh, G.S.D.; W. Bro. E. W. 
Gardner, and others, the affair passed off with exceptional 
brilliancy. The speeches were interspersed with musical selec- 
tions by Zetland's Quartette, and soloists of renown, and the 
verdict of the assemblage was unanimous that Toronto had 
nobly done her duty. 

Of the many soul-stirring addresses delivered on the occa- 
sion, that of the chairman, in inti'oducing the centennial toast, 
took the palm. It was historical, anecdotal and congratu- 
latory, acknowledged by all to be one of his finest efforts. 
Those present will not readily forget the scene, as M.W. Bro. 
Robertson concluded and finished an eloquent peroration. 

W. Bro. Gardner's reply to the toast of the Ladies will ever 
be remembered as a delightful conclusion to a magnificent cele- 

It was in that witty brother's happiest vein, and not only 
did justice to that old time Masonic sentiment, but contribut- 
ed not a little to the success of a memorable evening. 

The absence of the M. W. Grand Master, owing to illness, 
was universally regretted. 


Not less remarkable, because of the enthusiasm it created, 
and the numerical strength of the brethren participating, was 
the unveiling of the monument to the fraternal dead, erected 
on the large circular plot in Mount Pleasant cemetery present- 
ed to the Craft of Toronto some ten years ago by M. W. Bro. 
J. Ross Robertson. The ceremony took place on Saturday, 
June 24th, the festival of St. John the Baptist, and was dis- 
tinguished by probably the largest out-door Craft demonstra- 
tion ever witnessed in Toronto. The attire of the brethren 
was a noticeable feature, all being garbed in dark clothing, 
wearing white gloves and blue lodge aprons, while not a 
baker's dozen out of nearly eight hundred were without the 
conventional black silk hat. In rear of the procession, which 
was piloted by the regimental band of the Queen's Own Rifles, 
walked the past and present Crand Lodge officers in full rega- 
lia. Among them were M. W. Bros. Hon. J. M. Gibson, 
txrand Master ; J. Ross Robertson. P.G.M. ; J. K Kerr, Q.C, 
P.G.M. ; Hugh Murray, P.G.M : W. R. White, Q.C, D.G.M., 
etc.. etc. Some four thousand citizens had assembled at the 
cemetery by the time the special trains from the city had con- 


veyed the brethren to their destination, but admirable order 

was observed. 

The large plot, and the walks surrounding it, accommodat- 
ed the members of the Craft who, with the other auditors, 
listened to the addresses delivered from a raised platform 
erected beside the monument. A beautiful and impressive 
musical service added considerably to the imposing ceremony, 
which culminated in the unveiling of the handsome shaft by 
Past Grand Master J. Ross Robertson, amid enthusiastic ap- 

The monument, which is 28 feet high, is a column of polish 
ed granite, surmounted by a globe, on which are raised, in 
gold, the square and compasses. 

< )n the pedestal is the inscription : 

" Erected to the dead of the Craft by the 
Freemasons of Toronto.'' 

The plinth bears the record that the plot was presented in 
1883 by M. W. Bro. Robertson. 

The demonstration and ceremony were carried out with a 
promptitude and final success that invai'iably characterize the 
united action of the Toronto brethren, and that they created 
a favorable impression upon the outer world, goes without say- 


St. Andrew's Lodge, No. 16, Toronto: Three score years 
and ten, the allotted span of a man's life, have come and gone, 
and still find this grand old lodge in the very prime of vigor- 
ous manhood. No internal discord, no decay, is visible with- 
in her walls ; her destinies are presided over by a zealous set of 
officers, ably assisted by the Past Masters, who take a delight 
in being present at every meeting. 

The seventieth anniversary was commemorated the night 
of my visit, and it was, indeed, a pleasure to witness the love 
members of the old brigade have for their lodge. Among those 
present were R. W . Bros. James Bain, vErnilius Irving, Q. C.,T . W . 
Bro. W. F. McMaster, and the late V. VV. Bro. Bigelow. The 
presence of the Most Worshipful the Grand Master added in- 
creased interest to the gathering. The Past Masters occupied 
the chairs, and conferred the first degree according to the old 
ritual, V. W. Bro. N. G. Bigelow, as W. M., R. W. Bro. W. 
C. Wilkinson, as S. W., and V. W. Bro. George Tait, as J. W. 

The work as performed by the eminent brethren was of a 
high order, and I little thought that the tongue which uttered 
such eloquent words of welcome was so soon to be closed in 
death. This lodge for a succession of years has had the advan- 


tage of being presided over by many talented brethren. The 
T.P. M.,W. Bro. Bell, and the present Master, W. Bro. Gundy, 
maintain its high reputation for correct work and business ad- 
ministration. The books are neatly and correctly kept, and 
the future prosperity of the lodge assured. Old St. Andrews 
Lodge has done well. 

King Solomon Lodge, No. 22, Toronto : My three visits to 
this lodge were of a most pleasant and satisfactory nature. I 
found the brethren working together in harmony, and with a 
determination to keep it in the very front rank. I had the 
pleasure of installing the officers, and on my third visit, wit- 
nessed the first degree, as exemplified by W. Bro. Hall, and 
the newly installed officers, assisted by the W. M.'s of St An- 
drew's, Richardson, and Stevenson Lodges. \\ . Bro. Hall is 
a careful, painstaking, and correct worker, a good presiding 
officer, and has the entire confidence of the members. His 
officers are well up in their respective duties. The books are 
models of neatness and legibility, and from the alacrity with 
which the commands of the W.M are obeyed, I am led to infer 
that the brethren of this lodge will support their officers in 
maintaining its high reputation. It is a delight and a pleasure 
for a D.D.G-.M. to visit old King Sol. 

Richmond Lodge, No. 23, Richmond Hill : The brethren 
are justly proud of the antiquity of their lodge and endeavor on 
every possible occasion to uphold its lustre. The W.M , W. 
Bro. Nicholls, and his officers worked the third degree, and are 
to be congratulated, not only on the correctness of the ritual, 
but also on the floor work. The Past Masters are regular in 
their attendance, and take as much interest in the proceedings 
as the younger members. W. Bro Skeele is one of the land- 
marks of Masonry in this district. The books are correctly kept, 
the furnishings of the lodge room are <. ood, the hospitality of 
the brethren unbounded, and the general outlook satisfactory. 

Ionic Lodge, No. 25, Toronto : To a genuine lover of 
Masonry it must indeed be a pleasure to have the privilege of 
initiating one's son into the ancient Craft. Such was the 
ceremony I witnessed on my visit to this lodge, V. W. Bro. 
Postlethwaite, conferring the first degree on his son. The 
work was performed correctly and impressively, and delighted 
not only myself but the large number present. The oppor- 
tunity of seing the ritual exemplified by the W.M. and officers 
was not afforded me, but I am given to understand that it is in 
keeping with the general reputation of the lodge. On this occa- 
sion I had the pleasure of meeting the Deputy Grand Master 


and Grand Registrar. The books of the lodge are kept in a 
satisfactory manner. 

Vaughan Lodge, No. 54, Maple : In company with V. W. 
Bro. Tait I visited this lodge on May 30th, the brethren re- 
ceiving us in a truly fraternal manner. The lodge room is 
pleasantly situated, well furnished and free from debt. The 
first degree was worked by the W.M., Bro. Hadwin, assisted 
by the regular officers. And although not claiming to be the 
best ritualist in the district, the W.M. is a good, earnest 
worker, anxious and willing to receive instruction. In conjunc- 
tion with his officers, he conferred the degree very creditably, 
especially as that was the first candidate. The lodge is in a 
prosperous condition, able to pay its way, and looks with con- 
fidence to the future. The Secretary's books are neatly and 
correctly kept, and the dues well paid up. The P.M 's, of 
which there are quite a number, take a lively interest in the 
welfare of this lodge. 

Rehoboam Lodge, No. 65, Toronto : Visited this lodge on 
January 5th, being the night of installation of officers. Wit- 
nessed the 1st degree : the work being done by the retiring 
W.M., W. Bro. McBean, and the officers of the lodge, in a 
highly satisfactory manner. V. W. Bro. Gallow performed 
the installation ceremony. Paid another official visit on 
March 2nd. The 1st degree being conferred on two candidates 
by the newly-installed officers, assisted by the W. M's. of St. 
Andrew's, Stevenson and King Solomon Lodge. W. Bro. 
Dinnis is not only a good worker, but an able administrator. 
His officers, from the S. W. to the I. G., are well drilled, and 
take a delight in performing their duties with the utmost cor- 
rectness and minutest detail. I was a guest of this lodge on 
two occasions First, when Erie Lodge, of Buffalo, N.Y., paid 
a fraternal visit to Rehoboam. The lodge was honored by the 
presence of the M.W. the Grand Master, R. W. Bro. E. T. 
Malone, R. W. Bro. Robertson, of Port Hope, and other emin- 
ent brethren, there being about 600 present. The visiting 
brethren received a most gracious welcome from our Grand 
Master, eliciting a happy reply from W. Bro. Dr. Clark. The 
visiting brethren occupied the chairs and gave an exemplifica- 
tion of the 3rd degree according to their ritual, which proved 
a most interesting and instructive, as well as a novel, cere- 
mony. The brethren of Rehoboam seemed to be highly 
delighted, and gave expressions to their approval at their 
sumptuous banquet, which followed. W. Bro. Dinnis, as W. 
M. of Rehoboam, presided, and is to be congratulated on the 


able and efficient manner in which he discharged his duties. 

T again had the pleasure of meeting the Buffalo brethren on 
June 15th, when Rehoboam paid them a return visit. VV. 
Bro. Dinnis and his officers exemplified the work of the '3rd 
decree before a very large number of distinguished and visit- 
ing brethren, and must say that the ceremony was performed 
not only in a manner which reflected the highest possible 
credit upon the lodge, but did honor to the eleventh Masonic 
District. The lodge is in a highly prosperous condition, and is 
to be congratulated on having such a bright set of officers 

St. John's Lodge, No. 75, Toronto : This lodge (at one 
time the most influential and prosperous in the district) is 
again making good headway, and if the many eminent breth- 
ren who are P.M's. would take a livelier interest in is welfare 
it would again assume its old position. The W.M , assisted 
by his officers, have put forth Herculean efforts during the past 
year to bring it up to its original standard, and have met with 
some measure of success, a very large proportion of the out- 
standing dues being collected, and the dry and withering 
branches being lopped off. The 3rd degree was conferred 
upon two candidates ; the W.M., W. Bro. C. Matthews, con- 
ferring one, and W. Bro. T. Hills, a P. M., the other. The 
work was well done, the officers performing their part in a 
very satisfactory manner. The finances and general standing 
of the lodge are in a sound condition. The members have 
shown their appreciation of the efforts of the W.M. by honor- 
ing him with a second term. The future of St. John's Lodge 
promises to be a bright one. 

Wilson Lodge, No. 86, Toronto : Within the portals of 
this grand old lodge I first received light in Masonry, there- 
fore I made my first official visit to my mother lodge on Sep- 
tember 20th, accompanied by R. W. Bro. G. J. Bennett, P.D. 
D. G. M., V. W. Bro. A. A. S. Ardagh, G.S.D., and V. W. Bro. 
Charlton, G S. B. The attendance of members was exceed- 
ingly large, and, need I say, the reception accorded me was 
more than generous. Wilson continues to prosper and main- 
tains its high reputation for correct work, able administration 
and large attendance. The W. M., W. Bro. Moir, and his 
officers, conferred the 1st degree in a manner which left noth- 
ing to be desired. They seemed to be imbued with the idea 
" that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well." I had 
the pleasure of again visiting this lodge and installing the offi- 
cers on the 20th December, and have confidence in stating 
that under its present regime Wilson cannot go back. 



Markham Union Lodge, No. 87, Markham : My official visit 
was made to this lodge on Feb 24th, and was greeted by a 
sparse attendance, 12 only being present. 

The lodge is fairly prosperous, the officers having a good 
conception of their duties ; the Deacons, Stewards, and Inner 
Guard were absent. 

The W M.j W. Bro. Reeve, conferred the first degree. R. 
W. Bro. Vanzant acting as Junior Deacon. The work was 
correctly done. 

The Secretary's books were examined and found to be neatly 
and correctly kept I am glad to be able to state that the 
difference existing between this lodge and Orient is amicably 

Sharon Lodge, No. 97, Sharon : I paid my official visit to 
this lodge on October 4th, accompanied by R. W. Bro. T. H. 
Brunton, who kindly drove me over from Newmarket. I 
found the lodge, as represented by him, in a very prosperous 
condition, the atten ance was lar^e, and the brethren full of 
enthusiasm. The third degree was conferred by the W.M., 
assisted by his officers, in a very commendable manner, the 
floor work being exceptionally good I examined the books 
of the lodge, and found them scarcely up to the average, but 
believe there is an improvement in this respect. 

Tuscan, No. 99, Newmarket : This being the home of the 
P.D.D.G.M., I expected to see perfect work, and was not dis- 
appointed. I paid my official visit to this lodge on May 10th, 
and although the W. M. was suffering from a very severe cold 
he was present and conducted the affairs of his lodge in a very 
satisfactory manner. The third degree, as exemplified by W. 
Bro. Lawrieand his officers, cannot be too highly commended : 
in-ieed it will compare favorably with the work done by 
any of the Metropolitan lodges. The officers answer with 
alacrity, the floor work is perfect, and the general outlook one 
for congratulation. The Secretary is indefatigable, and to 
his exertions may be attributed the present standing. I re- 
gretted the absence of R. W. Bro. Brunton, who was in Eng- 
land for the benefit of his health, and I am delighted to know 
he has returned much improved. 

Union Lodge, No. 118, Schombeiy : Through the very great 
kindness of W. Bro. Charles, W.M. of Rising Sun Lo^ge, who 
accompanied me from Aurora, I was enabled to visit this lod^e 
on October 3rd. The attendance was not very large, a great 
many of the brethren living a considerable distance from 
the lodge room. Meetings are not held regularly, a scarcity 


oi candidates being probably the cause. 1 found the 
brethren of the lodge living in peace and quietness anions; 
themselves, fond lovers of Masonry and its teachings, and 
evincing a willingness to be left undisturbed in their rural 
felicity. They pay their dues, discharge their obligations to 
the Grand Lodge, and thereby preserve their charter, which 
they prize very highly. The W.M. opened and closed the 
lod.e in the third decree in a satisfactory manner. He was 
assiste i by the re.ular officers, who are well posted, the Secre- 
tory, W. Bro Dr. Brereton being exceptionally painstaking. 
This lodge will take care of itself. 

Rising Sun Lodge, No 129, Aurora : This lodge has borne 
out in a very marked manner the prediction made for it by 
my illustrious predecessor, in that it has had a regular Masonic 
revival. The W.M., W. Bro. H. J. Charles, is a most inde- 
fatigable worker, an enthusiastic Mason, and untiring in his 
efforts to place Rising .Sun in the van of first-class lodges. A 
good and correct worker, pleasing in address, firm as a presid- 
ing officer, under his admirable administration the lodge has 
gained an enviable notoriety. The first degree was worked by 
the W.M. and his officers in a manner which reflected the 
highest credit upon them. The floor work was particularly 
good, and everything connected with the degree showed care- 
ful study. At this meeting, although it was the night of elec- 
tion, the brethren found time to listen to a lecture on the sec- 
ond degree, delivered in a very able and lucid manner by V.W. 
Bro. Borngasser. This lodge has a very bright future before 
it, and 1 have no doubt that the excellent work begun by W. 
Bro. Charles will be continued by his successor. The offi- 
cer.'- are up in their work, the books neatly and correctly kept, 
the room comfortably furnished, and everything bearing evi- 
dence of the love the brethren have for the Ancient Craft. We 
might well say " Rising Sun " well deserves its name. 

Richardson Lodge, No. 136, Stouffville : On May 22nd. 
accompanied by R. W. Bro. G. J Bennett and V. W. Bro. Ar-i 
dagh, I made my official visit. Sixteen members present, also 
a large contingent from Uxbridge and Markham. It being 
the election of officers, no work was done. The lodge I am 
happy to say, is fairly prosperous, and much improved since the 
visit of the last D D.G.M , quite a number of new candidates 
having being initiated. The W.M., W. Bro Gardner, although 
a resident of Toronto, never misses a meeting, and to his un- 
swerving loyalty, good management, and correct work, is due 
the present efficient state of Richardson Lodge. The officers 


take a lively interest in its welfare, and I have no doubt that' 
each recurring year will bring added prosperity. The books 
are fairly well kept, and the lodge-room nicely furnished. 

York Lodge, No. 156, Eglington : Visited this lodge at an 
emergent meeting on November 25th, accompanied by V. W. 
Bro. Ardagh and V. W. Bro Tait; witnessed the third degree 
at the hands of the W.M., Bro. C. C. Norris, and his officers. 
Bro. Norris is one of the best workers in the district, and it is 
a real pleasure to hear him confer this degree, his declamation 
being particularly tine, and his work absolutely correct He 
was ably assisted by his officers. The lodge is in a highly pros- 
perous condition, and will take equal rank with the best in 
the district. The prospects for further advancement are most 

Stevenson Lodge, No. 218, Toronto: < >n October 10th I 
paid my first official visit to this lodge, accompanied by my 
District Secretary. This was Past Master's night, V. W. Bro. 
W. C. Morrison acting W. M.: V. W. Bro. Patton, acting 
S.W. : and W. Bro Woodstock, acting J. W. It is needles* 
to say that these eminent brethren conferred the first degree, 
according to the late ritual, in a manner most satisfactory to 
the large assemblage, and on every hand words of praise fol- 
lowed the conclusion of the ceremony. 

At this meeting V. W. Bro. Morrison gave a most instruc- 
tive and entertaining history of the lodge for the past six 

T again visited this lodge on March 13th, the occasion being 
the presentation of a testimonial to Bro. Jas. Smith on retir- 
ing from the office of Treasurer, which position he has held for 
the past twenty -five years. The night was a memorable one 
for Stevenson, the brethren evincing in a very tangible way 
their high appreciation of the very able manner their fund* 
were handled by their late Treasurer. 

The brethren of this lodge appear to be members of a happy 
family, and they are ably governed by one of the most zealous, 
earnest and indefatigable workers in the Craft, W. Bro. C. 
H. Corton the W. M. He is peculiarly fitted for his position, 
and the brethren have emphatically endorsed that fitness by 
electing him for a third term. 

I have not had the pleasure of seeing the W. Bro. confer 
any degrees in his own lodge, but on several occasions had the 
opportunity of listening to him in some of the other city lodges, 
and find him to be one of those Masters who take particular 
pride in doing his work quietly, methodically, and correctly. 


His reading of the ritual is most impressive, and his whole 
bearing one of dignity. His officers are well up in their work. 
The books are neatly and correctly kept, and the prosperity 
of the lodge undoubted. 

Zeredatha Lodge, No. 220, Ux bridge : On October 31st I 
visited this lodge — a large number of members present. It 
maintains the reputation it has justly earned of being one of 
the best rural lodges. The W. M., W. Bro. Hardy, is an ear- 
nest, careful, and correct worker : his officers are zealous in the 
discharge of their duties, and assisted him in conferring the 
first degree in an excellent manner. The books are highly 
creditable to the Secretary : only one member being in arrears 
for dues. The financial position of this lodge is tirst-class, and 
its general out-look, of the best. 

Ionic Lodge, No. 229, Brampton : It is a pleasure for me to 
he able to bear testimony to the uniform s.ood work done by 
this lodge. The W.M. and officers conferred the third degree, 
and appeared to be quite capable of upholding the favorable 
opinion expresse 1 by R W. Bro. G.J. Bennett. The work 
was correctly done, but its impressiveness was somewhat 
marred by discordant sounds which emanated from an ill-con- 
ducted band, which persisted in practising in a room under- 
neath the lodge room. The books are intelligently kept, and 
the whole surroundings indicate prosperity. 

Ashlar Lo(Le, No. 247, Toronto : It is almost unnecessary for 
me to report upon this lodge. More than the average share of 
praise has been deserve'! ly lavished upon it, and on the occasion 
of my visit I was greete i by a lar.e number. The "exemplifica- 
tion of the first degree was in the hands of the regular officers, 
Bro. McKnight acting as Senior Warden. W. Bro. Howson 
is an admirable worker, full of life and vim, which, being con- 
tagious, is shared in by his officers. A visitor can easily tell 
that from their accuracy and precision considerable time must 
have been devoted to rehearsals. The acting J. W. delivered 
his charge excellently. V. W. Bro. Pearcy worked the third 
degree. For quiet, clean, good work he is indeed a Past 
Master of which any lodge might be proud. I also had 
the pleasure of attending a P.M.'s night, which was a great 

Patterson Lodge, No. '265, Thornhill : The brethren of 
Patterson Lodge deserve a great deal of credit for the manner 
in which they have maintained an up-hill fight against adverse 
circumstances. Surrounded on all sides by lodges, they have 
initiated two during the past year. The W.M. and officers 


take the liveliest interest in the lodge, and from the very 
creditable manner in which the work was performed the night 
of my visit, one would imagine that they had a candidate every 
meeting. I had the pleasure of installing the officers on St. 
John's Day. My District Chaplain is now W.M., and I 
am sure that if it is at all possible to galvanize new life into 
the lodge he will do it. The books are fairly well kept. The 
lodge-room nicely furnished, harmony exists, and also a deter- 
mination on the part of the brethren to stand by Patterson. 

Brougham Union Lodge, No. 269, Brougham : The W.M. 
of this lodge is a tiller of the soil. His love for the Craft is 
such that he thinks nothing of dropping the plough share, 
jumping into his buggy and driving six or eight miles " to 
open his lodge and employ and instruct his brethren in Ma- 
sonry ." The manner in which the 1st degree was worked, left 
nothing to be desired. The W.M. and his officers are intelli- 
gent men, anxious for instruction, and have an abiding faith 
in the future for the prosperity of their lodge. The Secretary 
thorou.hly understands his business, consequently the amount 
of outstanding dues is not large I am indebted to the kind- 
ness of W. Bro Dr. Eastwood, who drove me over from 

Robertson Lodge, No 292, Nobleton : The earnest work 
which the W. M. has expended upon this lodge deserves a 
much better reward, and were it not that he expressed him- 
self as being more hopeful for the future, I would strongly 
recommend the withdrawal of the charter. It is really too 
bad that the W.M. is compelled, through the non-attendance 
of the members, to fill every office, from that of W.M to Janitor. 
However, as he is so full of enthusiasm and sanguine as to the 
future, I would say, " Let him be, " for he is Robertson Lodge. 

Humber Lodge, 305, Weston : Prior to my visit ] was in- 
formed that Humber Lodge was doing fairly well, and that 
the officers were proficient in their work. T found it just as 
stated. I witnessed the opening and closing of the three 
degiees by the officers. The work was up to the standard, and 
I know that if there had been a candidate for any of the 
degrees, I would have been satisfied with the progress made. 
This lodge, on the occasion of their annual conversazione, met 
with a sad accident, the floor of the lodge-room *ivins way, 
many being precipitated throu. h the opening to the floor below. 
I am assured that of those hurt, all are now quite recovered. 
The lodge-room has been put in a state of repair, and more 
firmly braced than formerly. The .Secretary is an old Past 
Master and thoroughlv understands his duties. 


Blackwood Lodge, No. 311, Woodhridge: Although the 
lodge-room and its approaches may not contribute to inspira- 
tion, yet the W. M. and officers are fully equal to any emer- 
gency. On the night of my visit the first degree was given in 
a highly satisfactory manner, W. Bro. Cowling doing himself 
justice, ably assisted by the Sr. and Jr. Wardens. Here is to be 
found one of the best Secretaries in the district, an old Past 
Master, one who dearly loves the Craft, whose voice has often 
charmed the members of Grand Lodge, and to whose until- 
ing efforts the lodge is indebted for its present standing. W. 
Brother Agar is, indeed, a treasure, the grasp of whose friendly 
palm will well repay any D D.G. M. for his visit. 

Doric Lodge, No. 316, Toronto : Being one of the originators, 
or I might say the father, of this lodge, the natural bashful- 
ness so characteristic of the Trish race might naturally pre- 
vent me from saying much in its praise, but it is more than a 
mere passing pleasure to have the opportunity of saying that 
Doric Lodge merits the kind words said of it by my predeces- 
Bors. The M. W., the Grand Master, and other distinguished 
brethren, honored the lodge by their presence on the night of 
my official visit, which happened to be "military night," an 
event peculiar to this lodge, because of the large number of 
members connected with the volunteer force. It is needless 
for me to say that I was received by my brethren in the most 
fraternal and enthusiastic manner, being the recipient of an 
elegantly illuminated address, appreciative of the honor con- 
ferred, by the unanimous selection of myself to represent the 
M W. the G. M. in this district. At the regular meeting in 
December I installed the officers, and again visited the lodge 
on May 18th. The W. M. and officers conferred the first de- 
gree. The YV. M., laying no claim to oratorical ability, nor 
striving after effect, does his work in an earnest and correct 
manner. He is fully alive to his great responsibility, and aims 
to keep his lodge well up to the front. The officers are im- 
bued with the same desire, receiving strong support from the 
Past Masters. The exemplary manner in which the books of 
the lodge are kept, speaks for itself. 

Zetland Lodge, No 369, Toronto : The proud boast of this 
lodge is that it is principally composed of " Knights of the 
Grip," and one is led to believe, from their zeal and assiduity, 
that they take as much interest in promoting the welfare of 
their lodge as they do in the pushing of their own wares The 
first degree was exemplified on the night of my first visit, 
Sept 23rd, the W. M. performing the ceremony in his usual 


easy, gentlemanly style. The S.W. was perfect, while the de- 
livery of the J.W.'s charge by that officer could not but satisfy 
the most fastidious. The floor work of the Junior Deacon was 
exceptionally good : in fact, I think, the best T had seen. At 
this meetiug, the D.D.G.M. of the 17th District received the 
honor of installation at the hands of the M.W. the P.G.M. 
The Past Masters of Zetland covered themselves with glory 
on October 28th, their regular Past Master's night, when W. 
Bros. Hay, O'Hara and Hohl occupied the chairs, and worked 
the three degrees, evoking high praise from the Grand Lodge 
officers, who were present in large numbers, namely, Hon. J. 
M. Gibson. M. W. Grand Master; R.W. Bros. W.R White, 
D.G.M. : R. W. Barker. G.S.W. : George Inglis, G.J. W. : F.F. 
Manley, Grand Registrar : V.W. Bro. A. A S. Ardagh, G.S.D.; 
K.W. Bro. Beck, D D.G.M. No. i, and R. W. Bro. Thornton, 
D.D.G.M. No 13. At the conclusion of the ceremony an ad- 
journment was made to the banqueting hall, when about 400 
visitors sat down to partake of a sumptuous repast prepared 
for them by their brethren of Zetland, under the able presi- 
dency of R. W. Bro. E. T. Malone, who wielded the gavel. A 
most enjoyable time was spent There is no fear of Zetland. 

Orient Lodge, No. 339, Toronto : Situated beyond but 
close to the classic waters of the River Don, ensconced in an 
elaborately furnished room, with all the necessary accommoda- 
tion, this lodge continues to diffuse light and instruction to all 
who seek to enter its gates. The work of the first degree, as 
performed the night I was there, was very well done, the W.M. 
and officers being thoroughly proficient. The Secretary, I be- 
lieve, is a permanent one, and well acquainted with his duties, 
except as to the necessity of furnishing the D.D.G.M with the 
regular monthly notices. As stated before, this lodge has 
settled its difference with Markham Union. 

Georgina Lodge, Xo. 343, Sutton : Would that the condition 
and prospects of this lodge were such that I could say there was 
great hope of improvement. Before visiting this lodge I wrote a 
personal letter to every member to meet ine, and must say the 
result was gratifying. The S.W. and Secretary were unavoid- 
ably absent. I found the remainder of the officers very well post- 
ed, the opening and closing in the three degrees being credit- 
ably done. I installed the officers on my second visit, and per- 
haps new life may be infused into the members by their selec- 
tion. The greater portion living at a considerable distance, it 
is a difficult matter for them to attend, hence the meetings are 
not held regularly. There are, however, a few good men and 


true left, and perhaps with the assistance of W. Bros. Bently 
and Tremayne, who are never absent, the lodge may make 
some headway. I trust such may be the case. 

Occident Lodge, No. 346, Toronto : The brethren are justly 
proud of the numerical strength of the lodge, and also of the 
business manner in which its affairs are conducted. At my 
Visit the first degree was given, the work of the W. M. being 
careful and conscientious. The 8. and J. W. were very good, 
the charge of the J. W. being noticeable for its accuracy and 
distinctness. The books are correctly and clearly kept, and 
the lodge bears evidence of the care and attention bestowed 
upon it by its Past Masters. 

Brock Lodge, No. 354, Cannington : My only regret is that 
I could not pay this lodge a second visit. I was deeply im- 
pressed with the excellent character of the work, the W. M. 
being an exceptionally good worker, also the Senior and 
Junior Wardens, while the subordinate officers were thor- 
oughly ground in their duties. The Secretary is an old Past 
Master, and will be found to be well acquainted with his 
duties, and to take a pleasure and rlelight in the strict fulfil- 
ment of the same. The lodge room is conveniently situated 
and furnished, and the brethren whole-souled Masons. Brock 
Lodge will always give a good account of itself. 

River Park Lodge, No. 35(5, Streetsville : The clouds of 
adversity which once seemed to have enveloped this lodge 
have been pierced by the sun of returning prosperity, and the 
long and patient perseverance of the brethren, who in season 
and out of season have remained true to its best interests, have 
been rewarded with phenomenal success Eleven candidates 
have passed the trying ordeal of the ballot, and been initiated 
during the past twelve months, truly a wonderful showing for 
a lodge situated as River Park is. This is altogether due to 
the brethren themselves, ami the abiding faith they have in 
the stability of their own lodge It was a pleasure then for 
me to pay an official visit and find the lodge not only 
numerically prosperous, but officered by a set of men capable 
of conferring the several degrees in a manner which stamped 
them at once as being close and attentive students of the 
ritual The lodge is prosperous in every particular, and bids 
fair to be more so in the future. 

St. Georges Lodge, No. 367, Toronto : A growing and re- 
presentative lodge, noted for the large number of members 
thoroughly posted in the Constitution, and who can rise to 
a " point of order" on the slightest provocation. Under these 


circumstances it is unnecessary to say that the officers have 
their work cut out for them. However, they seem to under- 
stand that, and have governed their lodge with much ability. 
That feeling of turbulent agitation which once possessed the 
lodge has happily passed away, and the best of feelin . prevails. 
Both the P. M . and the present W. M are eminent workers in 
the Craft, and the several officers of the lodge vie with each 
other in performing the several duties correctly and with dis- 
patch. The success of this 'odge is assured. 

In the death of R. W. Bro J no. A. Wills, P U.S.W , the 
lodge has lost a valued and highly esteemed brother. 

Mimico Lodge, No. 369, Lambton Mills: This lodge is com- 
fortably situated, and, although its growth is not very rapid, 
the members take quite an interest in the meetings. Not hav- 
ing any candidate the night 1 was there, no work was done. 
The W. M. opened and closed in the three degrees, which he 
did correctly. From its close proximity to the city and sur- 
rounding lodges. I do not look for any marked advancement uv 
regards numbers. However, there are many old P. M's in 
this lodge who will never see it go down. 

Alpha Lodge No. 3^4. Toronto: 1 availed myself of the op- 
portunity of an emergent meeting to be present and witness the 
conferring of the third degree by the W..M. and officers and, al- 
though I know the W.M. to he a good and careful worker, yet 
on this occasion, he did not do either himself or the lodge justice. 
probably this arose from the fact that it was his first attempt, 
having divided up the work with the Past Masters during the 
past year. A very large number of candidates have been put 
through, and in this regard the W. M has shown his untiring 

The lodge is in a prosperous condition, but its arrearages 
tor dues are altogether too large. 

The officers are punctual in their attendance, well-skilled, 
and lender every assistance required. 

Zeta Lodge, No. 410, Toronto : Governed by Past Masters, 
who have already made themselves famous in the Craft, as 
correct and brilliant workers, and able administrators, it is not 
to be wondered at that this lodge is once more taking its place 
among the foremost of the city lodges. Presided over by a 
P.D.D.G.M., it would be a task foreign to my nature, to criti- 
cise work so ably and efficiently done as that by the present 
W. M. and officers, who conferred the first degree. An ex- 
ceedingly large number of the city Masters were present when 
J visited Zeta Lodge, and the W. M. not being at all churlish, 


divided up the work with them, which added considerable at- 
tractiveness to the ceremony. A more than pleasant hour was 
spent at the refreshment board, and I departed feeling that 
the destinies of Zeta were in competent hands; 

In addition to a comfortably furnished lodge-room, this 
lodge possesses a masonic library, in which is to be found a 
complete set of the proceedings of Grand Lodge, the only one 
known to me as existing in the district 

Doric Lodge, No. 424, Pickering : One of the young lodges 
of the district, but fast approaching its older sisters. Presided 
over by a brainy Mason, it is no wonder Doric has made such 
prodigious strides. I saw the W. M. confer the first degree 
in a manner that would do credit to any Worshipful Master. 
He was ably assisted by the S. W., while the J. W. delivered 
his charge in an exemplary manner. The Secretary is devoted 
to his work ; witness the cleanliness, neatness and legibility of 
his books. The prospects of this lodge are of the brightest. 

Stanley Lodge, No. 426, Toronto Junction : The dedication 
and consecration of this thriving lodge took place on Novem- 
ber 15th, the ceremony being performed by the Hon. J. M. 
Gibson. M.W.G.M., and M.W. Bro. J. R. Robertson, P.G.M.. 
assisted by R. W. Bros. R. W. Barker, G.S W.; F. F. Manley, 
G.R. ; V.W. Bros. A. A. S. Ardagh, G.S.D.; Robt. Charlton, 
G.S.B., and R. W. Bro. Wm. Simpson, P.G.R. (G. L. of M. I ; 
R. W Bro. Bennett as Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

The ceremony was most impressive, and commended itself 
to the large number of brethren present, as being much more 
suitable than the old one. 

On this occasion, the members of Stanley distinguished 
themselves for the elaborate manner in which they entertained 
their guests. 

I had the pleasure of installing the officers on Jan. 3rd, and 
from a personal knowledge of their attainments, am constrain- 
ed to believe that they will acquit themselves so as to bring 
the largest amount of honor and success to their lodge. With 
a magnificent lodge-room, gorgeously furnished, able and zeal- 
ous workers, this lodge bids fair to be the banner lodge west 
of Toronto. 

Acacia Lodge, U. D., East Toronto : Like its sister lodge 
of West Toronto, it occupies a new lodge-room, generous in 
size, perfect in detail, and handsomely furnished. Situated in 
a growing and well-populated locality, this lodge has every 
reason to expect a large measure of prosperity. The officers 
are well up in all the requirements of the ritual, and the W.M. 


Ls a capital presiding oflELcer. The work, as exemplified by 

them on two occasions, would lead one to believe that it was 
an old-established lodge, rather than one under dispensation. 
The books are correctly and neatly kept, and I have the great- 
esl possible pleasure in recommending a charter to issue to 
this lodge, knowing full well that it will be highly prized, and 
faithfully and diligently guarded. 


The large outlay to which some of the lodges, especially in 
the city of Toronto, are put to annually in defraying the fun- 
eral expenses of deceased brethren, led me to make enquiries 
from which I conclude that what was meant to be an aid and 
relief is growing into a system extravagant in extent, and per- 
nicious in effect. 

Lodges themselves are largely to blame in this respect. A 
revision of their By-laws is entrusted to a committee, which in 
its desire to elaborate, very often introduces matters foreign to 
the spirit and intent of the Constitution. The understand- 
ing that a brother to be entitled to a Masonic funeral ruust be 
a Master Mason in affiliation with some lodge, is not to be in- 
terpreted to mean that the expenses of that funeral are to be 
defrayed by his brethren, when at the same time the immedi- 
ate connexions of the deceased brother are in a position to 
take responsibility upon themselves. The evil complained of 
arises from the fact that By-laws fixing the minimum amount 
to be expended for a funeral is too often held to mean an obli- 
gation on the part of the lodge to pay the amount. 

A Masonic funeral means the attendance of the brethren, 
and the funeral service according to Masonic usage, and as 
such is to be regarded as a high honor and privilege. The pay- 
ment of funeral expenses, except in cases of extreme need and 
distress, is. to say the least of it. a questionable compliment to 
the friends of the deceased, and is unmistakably unfair to the 
brethren of the lodge, whose funds are called upon to meet 
what is very often a heavy outlay. 


Another feature which bears hardly on the lodges in the 
city is the necessity for assembling and convening a lodge 
prior to taking part in the funeral services and cortege at the 
residence of the deceased. 

The inconvenience occasioned to business men by a loss of 
time involved cannot be under-estimated, and opinions gleaned 
from many brethren on this subject lead me to the belief that 


if permission were given for the brethren to assemble at the 
house of mourning, and to disperse subsequently at the ceme- 
tery, it would be hailed with satisfaction ; the matter, at any 
ratej might be left discretionary with the Worshipful Master. 


The following lodges paid my expenses ; 

Richmond Lodge, No. 23 : Vaughan Lodge, No. 54 ; Mark- 
ham Union Lodge, No. 87 : Tuscan Lodge, No. 99 : Zeredetha 
Lodge, No. 220 ; Brock Lodge, No. 354 : River Park Lodge. 
No. 356. In all, $16. 


My brethren, 1 have finished ; the highest point of my 
Masonic ambition has been attained. The very great honor 
done me by my brethren of this district in unanimously choos- 
ing me to preside over them, is fully appreciated by myself, 
and far beyond my merits. 

In handing over this large and influential district to my 
successor, I feel I have but imperfectly discharged my duties, 
but the many kindnesses and more than warm hand-grasps I 
have received from my brethren, will go far to reconcile me to 
many short-comings. 

I wuuld be wanting in courtesy if I did not acknowledge 
the kindly advice and assistance rendered me by M. W. Bro. 
J. Ross Robertson, R. W. Bros. G. J. Bennett and E. T. Mi- 
■ lone. 

All of which is fraternally submitted 

Harry A. Collins, D. D. G. M., 

Toronto District No. 11. 



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At the regular meeting of the Toronto Past Masters' Association, 
the following interesting paper was read by R. W. Bro. Kivaa 
Tully, Hon. President : — 

To the Grand Lodge of Ireland, and the Irish Lodges under that 
jurisdiction is due the honor and distinction of having established 
the first Freemasons' Lodges in Canada and other Colonies under 
the British Crown, also that to the Lodges under the jurisdiction of 
the Grand Lodge of Ireland, is due the credit of being the first to 
urge the necessity of establishing an Independent Grand Lodge in 
the interests of Freemasonry in Canada. 

In explanation and demonstration of the above propositions, I 
shall first call your attention to Y. W. Brother Robert Freke 
Gould's history of Fremasonary published in 1887. At page 59, 
Vol III., he states "The 46th Foot when stationed in Ireland, 
1752, received a Lodge warrant, No. 227, from the Grand Lodge 
of that Country. In 1757 it embarked at Cork for Nova Scotia, 
and remained in North America until October, 1761, when it sailed, 
for Barbadoes, and took part in the capture of Martinique, Gren- 
ada. St Lucia, St. Vincent and Havannah. With this introduc- 
tion I shall now call your attention to the "Reminiscences" of M. 
W. Brother J. H. Graham, P. G. Master of the Grand Lodge of 
Quebec, published in the history of " Freemasonry and Concordant 
Orders" in 1891 Henry Leonard Stillson being the Editor in 
Chief, and the well known Masonic writer, William James Hughan, 
European Editor, M. W. Bro. John Ross Robertson, P. G. Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Canada, the Historian of the Canadian 
Centenary on Saint John's Day, December, 1891, also contributed, 
a full description of "Craft Masonry in Ontario." M. W. Bro. 
Graham, at page 478 "Reminiscences," states, "Antiquity Lodge, 
Montreal, No. 1 Q R., was of Irish Institution No. 227, and was 
named the Lodge of "Social and Military Virtues." It was war- 
ranted May 4th, 1752, Lord Kingsborough, G.M., and was attached 
to the 46th Regiment of Light Infantry. For nearly a century its 
meetings were held in many countries throughout the world. In 
1756 Lodge meetings were held at Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

A meeting of the Lodge was held on St. John's Day^n Decem- 
ber, after the taking of Quebec by General Wolfe in September, 
1759, and in 1760 it held its first meeting in Montreal shortly after 
the capitulation of the city to the British. In 1764-66 the 46th 
was in several of the American (U. S. A.) Colonies, and "tradi- 
tion " indicates that it was during this period that Lodge No. 227 
became possessed of the famous old Bible (of date 1712) which was 
used when George Washington received a degree in Freemasonry, 
but whether in Lodge or Chapter does not appear. This ' ' tradition " 
seems to have very considerable incidental documentary evidence in 


its support. In reference to this " tradition " I may quote another 
extract from Bro. Gould's History of Freemasonry, page 421, Vol. 
III. " He (George Washington) was initiated in the Fredericks- 
burg Lodge, Virginia, November 4th, 1752, and became a Master 
Mason, August 4th, 1753. This Lodge derived its authority from 
Boston, but obtained a Scottish Charter in 1758, which seems on 
the whole to fortify a conjecture which has been advanced by 
Haydn, that Washington was "healed and re-obligated" in "No. 
227 (46th Foot) in order to qualify him for admission into a Lodge 
held under warrant from the Grand Lodge of Ireland." This 
explanation may account for the two Bibles, one being in Freder- 
icksburg, Virginia, and the other in Albion Lodge, Quebec In 
reference to this also, I may give my own experience. The late M. 
W. Bro. Wilson, 1st Grand Master of Canada, informed me that 
in passing through the American lines during the war in 1862, by 
the magic influence of Masonic Brethren in both Armies, he saw 
the Bible in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Lodge, of course not work- 
ing. The Bible in Albion Lodge, Quebec, was shown to me in 
1851, by the late M. W. Bro T. D. Harrington, P. G. M., of Can- 
ada, who on the 1st of May, 1852, was installed Provincial Grand 
Master of Quebec and Three Rivers. Albion Lodge No. 2 Q. R., 
was originally No. 9 A., 1787, the warrant being one month and 
eighteen days after the date of Antiquity, No. 1. In 1767 the 46th 
Regiment returned to Ireland, and it landed at Staten Island, New 
York, in 1776. 

In 1777-78 the 46th was stationed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
and during this period its famous "bullock chest with brass mount- 
ings " containing the Lodge warrant, working tools, regalia, etc., 
fell into the hands of the American troops ; but it was sin -rtly 
thereafter returned to the Regiment by Brother General George 
Washington, under the flag of truce, and escorted by a guard of 
honor. In 1808 whilst the Regiment was at Dominica, the "sacred 
old trunk" was captured by the French troops, but it was returned 
to the Regiment by Napoleon I. In 1816 (1817) the 46th with its 
famous Lodge No. 227, I- R., arrived at Sydney, in the Coloivy of 
New South Wales, Australia, where No. 227 held meetings. A 
warrant No. 260, I. R., of date ('.) August 12th, 1820, was obtained 
by certain Brethren at Sydney for establishing the "first Lodge on 
the Continent of Australia," which was called the Australian Mother 
Lodge. In 1877 this Lodge became No. 1 on the registry of the 
United Grand Lodge of New South Wales. At the "constitu- 
tion" of No. 260 the "famous Bible," the working tools, and regalia 
of the renowned No. 227 were used ; and the work on that memor- 
able occasion was probably, in most part, done by its officers. 

In 1846 "the 46th" was at Kingston, Canada West (now Ontario), 
and the Lodge property was then given to Brother Sergeant Major 
W. Sheppard, of the Royal Artillery, for the purpose of establish- 
ing a permanent Military Lodge at Montreal, Canada East (Quebec). 
At this period (1847-48) the Grand Lodge of Ireland granted a 
removal of the warrant. In 1857 the Lodge became of Allegiance 


to the Grand Lodge of Canada, its name being changed to "Anti- 
quity ' and it was authorized to wear ''gold." It united with the 
Grand Lodge of Quebec in 1^74 — No. 227, with a renewed warrant, 
has found a resting-place in Dublin, Ireland. 

The record of the Grand Centenary celebration of the Masonic 
Female Orphan School of Ireland, held in Dublin from May the 
17th to the 21st in 1892, gives a full history of the annals of the 
Dublin Lodges, and the Provincial Grand Lodges. The great 
success of this celebration held under the auspices of the M. W. 
Grand Master, His Grace the Duke of Abercorn, and His Duchess, 
ought to be a fraternal lesson to the Canadian Brethren to do like- 
wise, and personally I often regret that our Masonic Asylum fund, 
now amounting to over $12,000, has been allowed to remain in a 
stagnant condition, when it should be employed in establishing an 
important and useful Masonic charity for Canada. 

It may be interesting to the Past Master to give a few extracts 
from the records of the Dublin Lodges — "Trim" Lodge, No. 494, 
was originally worked at Trim, County of Meath, and was removed 
to Dublin, 1838, has inscribed on its roll the name of the Earl of 
Mornington, who was Grand Master of Ireland in 1776. father of 
the renowned Duke of Wellington, who was his fourth son, and 
raised a Master Mason in 1775. His name is signed A. Welsey. 
instead of Wellesley, which was in his young days a habit of the 
"Iron Duke." Another celebrated General, who is well known 
and respected in Canada, as having commanded the troops that 
suppressed the Riel rebellion in 1870, Lord Wolseley was, upon 
St. Patrick's day. 1854, initiated by dispensation, being under 21 
years, in the " Military Lodge, No. 728." On the 19th of Febru- 
ary, 1892, Lord Wolseley, Commander of Her Majesty's Forces in 
Ireland, was installed Senior Warden of his old Lodge in his native 
land, to which he auspiciously returned loaded with honors and 

There are other incidents connected with the records of the 37 
Dublin Lodges, of which mention might be made, but further refer- 
ence would be beyond the limits of these "Reminiscences." In 
Tasmania, according to Bro. Gould's History, page 392, Vol. III., 
"Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Ireland were established at 
Hobart Town in 1823, 1829, 1833 and 1834, but the three earliest 
of the series are now extinct Also at page 397, Vol. III., it is 
stated "The Gibraltar Lodge No. 128, I. R , in the 39th Foot, 
'Primuss in Indus," claims to have made the first Mason in India, 
under an European warrant in 1757. It subsepuently founded 
numerous Lodges in various parts of Hindostan. There is a stone 
let into the wall in Fort William, Calcutta, commemorative of the 
early history of this Lodge. All its working tools and jewels fell 
into the hands of the enemy during the Peninsula war, but were 
subsequently returned to the Regiment 

Bro. Gould gives a very interesting history of the " Sea and Field 
Lodges." Chap. XXX., Vol. Ill , at page 396, it is stated, " The 
Irish jurisdiction has always included the greater number of (Brit- 
ish) Army lodges, and in 1813 possessed a military following of 123 


lodges. At the same date, the number of lodges in regiment, under 
the other British Grand Lodges, and without counting the remote 
pendicles under Provincial Grand Lodges in foreign parts was Eng- 
land, 15 ; Ancients, 62 ; Scotland, 18 This total has declined in 
1886 to 15 lodges, of which 9 are Irish and the remainder English. 
Bro. Hughan, in his introduction to the History of Freemasonry 
and Concordant Orders states, page 32 : The York brethren started 
a " Grand Lodge of all England," in 1725, and kept it alive for some 
twenty years. After a short interval, it was revived in 1761, and 
continued to work until 1792, when it collapsed. Prior to this date 
several subordinates were chartered. 

The Grand Lodge of Ireland, at Dublin, was formed 1728-29, but 
there was one held previously at Cork, as the " Grand Lodge for 
Munster," cei'tainly as early as 1725. The Scottish brethren did 
not follow the example set by England until 1736, and then man- 
aged to secure Brother William St. Clair, of Roslin, as their Grand 
Master, whose ancestors by deeds of A.D. 1600-1628 had been pa- 
trons of the Craft, but never Grand Masters, though that distinction 
has been long claimed as hereditary in that Masonic family. 

From th is trio of Gra/nd Lodges, situated in Great Britain and Ire- 
land, have sprung all the thousands of lodges, wherever distributed 
in this "wide, wide world." Through their agency, and particulariy 
that of the " Military " lodges of last century, the Craft has been 
planted far and wide. Though there is evidence to prove that 
brethren assembled in America, and probably elsewhere, in lodges, 
prior to the formation of either of these Grand Lodges, or quite apart 
from such influence, as in Philadelphia in 1731 or earlier, and in 
New Hampshire soon afterward, the latter apparently having their 
manuscript copy of the " old charges," nothing has ever been dis- 
covered, to my knowledge, which connects such meetings with the 
working of the historic " three degrees " of last century origin, and 
past Grand Lodges. In the chapter on "Sea and Field Lodges," 
Vol. III., page 412, it is stated, " Owing to the loss of a great part 
of its records by the Grand Lodge of Ireland, the number of sta 
tionary lodges warranted in America from that jurisdiction must re- 
main a matter of uncertainty. Lodge 74, in the 1st Foot, as we 
have already seen, gave an exact copy of its warrant to a set of 
brethren at Albany, N.Y., in 1759, and it is unreasonable to be- 
lieve that it was a solitary instance of the kind. Shultz mentions 
three lodges of unknown origin in Maryland, as having existed in 
1759, 1761. and 1763, and it is possible, to say the least, that one 
or more of them may have derived authority, either directly or in- 
directly from Ireland. Dove also, in his account of the early lodges 
in Virginia, names the Irish as one of the five jurisdictions by 
which that state was Masonically occupied in 1777. Bro. Gould, in 
his history, also states, in Australia, as in Canada, the Irish Lodge 
first raised the flag of Independence, but in the former, unlike the 
latter country, there was not the continuity of feeling, produced by 
an equal pressure of discontent, which had induced the brethren 
under the three British jurisdictions in North America to unite for 
the furtherance of one common end." The first important step in 


reference to the establishment of an Independent Grand Lodge for 
Canada occurred at a meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge, of 
Upper Canada, held in Toronto, Get 21st, A. L. 5852, notice hav- 
ing been given at the previous meeting in May. A resolution was 
proposed by the late W. Bio. G. B. Hall, Ontario Lodge, Port 
Hope, and seconded by myself, being Senior Grand Warden of the 
Provincial Grand Lodge at that time, to the following effect : 
"That it is absolutely necessary fur the welfare of Masonry in the 
Province that an Independent Grand Lodge should be established, 
having full power to control the workings and operations of the 
Craft in this quarter of the globe, and that all funds accruing from 
the same should be retained by the said Grand Lodge te meet the 
urgent necessities of the Craft in the Province." This was carried 
unanimously. At the following May meeting of P. G. Lodge in 
5853, this was rescinded. In the reminiscences of the formation of 
the Grand Lodge of Canada, which I read at a meeting of King 
Solomon Lodge, No 22, on the 8th of April. 5886, I hnd it stated, 
"As we would not succeed in obtaining an Independent Grand 
Lodge through the influence of the Provincial Grand Lodge, our at- 
tention naturally turned to the lodge working under the Irish juris- 
diction, and as I was a Past Master of King Solomon at the 
time, the matter was brought before the brethren of this lodge on 
the 10th of November, 5853. There were several resolutions 
adopted unanimously, which have been printed in full in the his- 
tory of King Solomon Lodge, but I shall only refer to the first, 
which was proposed by myself, and seconded by Brother Charles 
Fitzgibbon, Senior Warden, and carried unanimously. 

Note. — W. Bro. Charles Fitzgibbon, a Past Master of King 
Solomon Lodge, was the eldest son of Col. James Fitzgibbon, who 
was Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand 
Lodge in 5822, as recorded by M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson in 
his outline history of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario. (Fourth period.) 

Resolved, 1st that, considering the rapid increase of Lodges 
working under the Grand Lodge of Ireland, being now ten in 
number, and the necessity that exists for having a ruling power in 
Canada West, it is desirable that a convention, to be composed of 
the W. Masters, Past Masters, Senior and Junior Wardens of said 
Lodges be held forthwith to consult on the best means to be adopted 
fur attaining the above object, and for the benefit of the Craft 
generally in Canada West. 

According to the list which I received from the late Grand Sec- 
retary, R. W. Brother T. B. Harris, on the 8th of November, 5853, 
the following Lodges were notified : Hawkesbury, No. 159 ; St. 
Johns, London. No. 209: King Solomon, Toronto, No. 222; St. 
Johns, Hamilton, No. 231; King Hiram, Ingersol, No. 226 ; Saint 
Thomas, No. 232 ; Port Stanley, No. 211: Saint John's, York, No. 
286; Harmony, Binbrook, No. 258: Wellington, Stratford, No. 
359. There was also an Irish Lodge in Quebec, No. 237, and the 
famous old No. 227, "Social and Military Virtues," Montreal. 
These two latter Lodges did not attend the meeting of the Lodges 


in Hamilton, but were represented at the formation of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada in October, 5853. The proceedings at the meet- 
ing of the Irish Lodges held in Hamilton on the 24th of Novem- 
ber, 5853, at London on the 4th of May, 5854, and on the 9th of 
November, 5854, at Toronto, are duly recorded in the history of 
King Solomon Lodge* At the meeting held in Toronto in Novem- 
ber, 5854, it was resolved "That the offer of a Provincial Grand 
Lodge, by the Most Worshipful the Grand Lodge of Ireland, leav- 
ing the nomination of the Provincial Grand Master to this conven- 
tion, be accepted, provided that the Grand Lodge grants to this 
Provincial Grand Lodge the privilege of issuing warrants and cer- 
tificates, retaining the fees. A nominal value for such privilege to 
be fixed by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge." It was also 
resolved that "W. Brothers P. Masters Tully and Allen do draft a 
statement of facts showing why such powers are required, to be 
submitted to the M. W. the Grand Lodge of Ireland.'' At the 
same meeting, at which I was present, '" VY. Bro. P. M. James 
Daniels of Saint John's Lodge 209, London, C. W. , was then elected 
Provincial Grand Master, subject to the conditions of the foregoing 
resolutions " The statement was duly prepared and forwarded to 
the Grand Lodge of Ireland, and an answer received early in 5855, 
that '• a Provincial Grand Lodge could not be granted on any other 
terms than those usually granted, and with the prescribed powers 
granted to other Provincial Grand Lodges." 

A meeting of King Solomon Lodge was held on the 10th of May, 
5855, when it was resolved that "The Delegates of this Lodge be 
instructed to advocate at the meeting in Hamilton, on the 14th 
instant, an united action with the English Lodges of Canada West, 
for the purpose of petitioning the Grand Lodges of England, Ire- 
land and Scotland to grant an united separate Grand Lodge for 
this province." At the meeting in Hamilton on the 14th of May, 
''Delegates were appointed to attend the meeting of the Provincial 
Grand Lodge to be held at Niagara Falls on the 19th of July, to 
urge the propriety of united action in the erection of an Indepen- 
dent Grand Lodge." The result of that meeting, at which I was 
present, and the Convention which was afterwards held at Hamil- 
ton on the 10th of October, 5855, at which I was not present for 
proper reasons, when the Grand Lodge of Canada was established, 
are fully recorded in the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of 

Note. — The reason why I was not present at the Convention in 
Hamilton, when the Grand Lodge of Canada was established, was 
owing to the pledge which was given by late R. W. Bro. Parnell, 
P.G.M. for North Minister, and Representative of the G.L. of Can- 
ada, that, as I owed allegiance to the Grand Lodge of Ireland, being 
a member of No. 13. 

I could not be a rebel to my own Grand Lodge and did not at- 
tend a meeting until the Grand Lodge of Ireland recognized the 
Grand Lodge of Canada. 

Having thus proved that the Lodges under the jurisdiction of 
Grand Lodge of Ireland, were the first to urge in Canada the ne- 


cessity of establishing an Independent Grand Lodge, I can also 
prove from the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Canada, that the 
Grand Lodge of Ireland was the first Grand Lodge to acknowledge 
the Independence of the Grand Lodge of Canada on the 3rd of April, 
5856, and I was appointed the Representative of the Grand Lodge 
of Ireland on the 1st of October, 5857, at the Grand Lodge of Can- 
ada, the rank of Past Senior Grand Warden, which was duly ac- 
knowledged by the Grand Lodge of Canada at the sesssion of 5858, 
when the Union of the two Grand Lodges was happily consum- 
mated in Toronto. 

As the G. A.O.T. U has spared my life to act as the Represent- 
ative of the G.L. of Ireland since that time, I consider it is fitting 
and proper that I sin mid uphold the reputation and dignity of that 
Grand Lodge by claiming for the Irish Lodges, the distinction of 
having introduced Freemasonry into Canada, and other British Co- 
lonies, and being the first to urge the establishment of an Inde- 
pendent Grand Lodge in Canada. 

Kivas Tilly, 
Rep. G.L. of Ireland in Canada. 

Toronto, May 30th. 5893. 


N.B. — Since writing the above, I notice that General "Wolseley 
isnowW.M. of the "Military Lodge." No. 728. Dublin ; as appears 
from the following notice taken from the "Irish Times " May 29th, 


We understand that General the Right Hon. Viscount Wolseley, 
Commander of the Forces in Ireland, has intimated his intention of 
taking part in the procession this evening, as Master of his Lodge. 
His Lordship has already expressed his appreciation of the school 
drill and marching of the children, and it is expected that on this 
occasion there will be a lar^e attendance of the officers of the earii- 



To tli f. Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of Canada. 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : — 

I have the honor to present the following report on the con- 
dition of Masonry in the twelfth Masonic District : 

Having been elected to the honorable position of D.D.G.M., 
I have endeavored to fill the responsible position to the best 
of my ability. 

Feeling that accuracy in the work of our beautiful ritual 
is most essential, I determined that my efforts should be es- 
pecially in that direction. I endeavored to make a specialty 
of the work in every detail, and on my visits, endeavored to 
correct the errors where they appeared. This I found most 
acceptable to the brethren. 

Although I am pleased to report that the majority do the 
work very well, I found that sharpness of action and accur- 
acy of detail, particularly in the subordinate offices, was not 
up to the mark, and I impressed upon the brethren that no 
matter what the office, or how little the work, just as much 
interest should be taken in doing that little as well as if it 
were the principal office in the lodge, and I trust that my ef- 
forts in that direction will be conducive of at least some good. 
I found some deviations in our secret work in some instances 
that required correction. I endeavored to impress upon the 
Worshipful Masters and officers, not only the desirability, but 
the duty they owed the prosperity of the lodge, that they 
should give it their deepest interest, and have weekly practice 
meetings, and their lodge must flourish ; for the lodges wherein 
the work is best done are the most progressive. I adopted a 
system of marking as to quality of the work that I have seen 
done in the different lodges where I have had the opportunity 
of seeing the work exemplified, as to exactness of wording, 
manner given, floor work, the merit of each officer's work, and 
the average taken. I did this impartially and without the 
knowledge of the lodges, and herewith give the result. Com- 
posite, No. 30, Whitby, 9 ; Ontario, No. 26, Port Hope, 8. GO ; 
Clementi, No. 313, Lakefield, 8.40 ; Corinthian, No. 101, Pe- 
terborough, 8.20 : Peterboro', No. 155, 8.20 ; Faithful Breth- 
ren. No. 77, Lindsav, 8.20 : Verulam, No. 268, Bobcaygeon, 
8.166; Cedar, No. 270, Oshawa, 8.00; Hope, No. Ill, Port 
Hope, 8.20 : Fidelity U. D., Port Perry, 4.60. 

Lodges of Instruction are no doubt very good, but I think 


if Grand Lodge appointed a Grand Lecturer, an expert in the 
work in its minutest detail, whose duty it would be to visit 
every lodge in the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge, and, with the 
officers, work the degrees in every lodge, it would be most 
beneficial. The condition of Masonry in this district on the 
whole is prosperous. There is in some few cases a quietness, 
still the majority are doing well. "We are not booming, but 
there is that steady increase that is healthiest. We have in 
this district twenty-two lodges, with a membership of just 
2,000. Increase during the year, 54 ; decrease from resig- 
nations, suspensions, and deaths, 42. There are 164 Past 
Masters, and, all told, we have 227 votes in Grand Lodge. 
Financially, we are in a good position. Our lodge rooms are 
all that could be desired, and very many of them handsomely 
furnished, and, without exception, fully insured. In most cases 
the dues should be better collected, and although no doubt 
the attention of the lodges is annually called to the fact by the 
D. D. G. M., with unfailing regularity it presents itself; still I 
am glad to report we are doing better in this l'espect, if but 
little. I must mention Keene as our banner lodge in this re- 
spect, they having none over twelve months in arrears, and a 
total arrearage of but 89. Fidelity, U. D., reports none in 
arrears and no arrearages, but it has been but little over a 
year in existence. Grand Lodge dues are pretty well paid up. 
The Spry Lodge is considerably behind, but W. M. promises 
to have paid up very soon. 


In the main, peace and harmony exist throughout the dis- 
trict. There was some little difficulty between Victoria Lodge 
and the Spry Lodge as to invasion of jurisdiction, but that 
has been amicably settled, the Spry Lodge to pay over to Vic- 
toria Lodge the amount of the initiation fee. I feel satisfied 
that I can report that brotherly love continues. 


In a circular that I issued to the lodges shortly after my 
election, I called their attention to the dilapidated condition 
of the district regalia that had been some twenty-three years 
in service, and requested that a new one be procured, and 
called upon them to contribute their share of the cost. This 
has been done by sixteen There are six of the lodges whose 
contributions I am obliged to ask the incoming D. D. G. M. 
to collect. 



I was notified that on the 7th of April last Bro. A. V. R. 
Young was tried by Peterboro' Lodge, No. 155, upon certain 
charges preferred against him — Contemptuous expressions re- 
garding Masonry — untruthfulness — obtaining moneys or secu- 
rities which he turned into money, from the brethren, and 
appropriating to himself the funds of an insurance company 
for which he acted as agent — and was sentenced by the afore- 
said lodge to indefinite suspension, which sentence now stands 
recorded against him. 


In recalling the events of the past year, the surprise we have 
to fear of that change that must come to us all, has not been 
a rare occurrence, but a familiar one, for we have been fur- 
nished with many examples. While we know the sad messen- 
ger approaches, we persuade ourselves he is afar off, and do 
not realize until lie is upon us. I have had reported to me 
thirteen deaths, the most that have been reported for years at 
least. On the 14th October, last, R.VV. Bro. John B. Trayes, 
P. D. D. G. M. of this district, passed to the unknown beyond. 
He was installed W. M. o" Ontario on the 27th December, 
1870, and held the office of D. D. G. M. for the years 1873, 
1874, and 1875, aud was well known at our meetings of Grand 
Lodge, and a member of the Board of General Purposes, for 
many years. His body was carried to its last resting-place by 
six P. Dist. Dep. Grand Masters, and the large number of the 
fraternity that attended the last sad rites accorded to our dis- 
tinguished brother showed the respect and esteem in which he 
was held. Lome Lodge, No. 375, Omemee, reports the death 
of an old and much respected Mason, W. Bro. Geo. Edwards, 
P. M., of Lome Lodge, 2nd January, 1893. The body 
of our late Bro. W. H. Grandy, was sent to Omemee from 
Council Bluffs, and was buried with Masonic honors by the 
Omemee brethren. He was a Knight Templar, also, and the 
commandery of which he was a member sent a frater to ac- 
company the body to its last resting-place, and pay the last 
sad office of respect, some 2,000 miles. W. Bro. Thomas 
Campbell, P. M. of Keene Lodge, No. 374, died in February, 
1893, an old and much beloved member of that lodge. Le- 
banon, No. 139, Oshawa, reports : Bro. Ebenezer W. Ayls 
worth died 23rd May, in his 60th year. Faithful Brethren, 
No. 77, Lindsay, — Bro. J. E. Dunham died December, 1892, 
and W. McBurney, 7th April, 1893. Yerulam, No. 268, 
Bobcaygeon, — Bro. Norman Burnhart died 12th April, 1893. 


Corinthian, No. 101, Peterboro', - Bro. Chai'les Burnham, 
23rd July, 1892. Durham, No. 66, Newcastle, — W. Bro. Jas. 
P. Lovekin, P. M., and hon. member. W. Bro Lovekin was 
the charter W. Master of Durham, No. 66, an earnest and de- 
voted Mason, died 22nd June, 1893. Jerusalem, No. 31, 
Bowmanville, — Bro. Thomas F. Richardson died 14th April, 
1893, William Williamson, 1 0th May, 1893. Mount Zion, 
No. 39, Brooklin,— Bro. J. J. Johnston died 28th April, 1893. 
Norwood Lodge, No. 223, reports one death, but I have been 
unable to get name or particulars. 


The following dispensations were granted by me : 

J. B. Hall, Lodge No. 145, to attend divine service, 8th 
January, 1892. 

Lome Lodge, No. 375, to initiate, without fee, Hugh R. Mur- 
ray to act as Tyler. January 11th, 1892. 

Victoria Lodge, No. 398, Victoria Road, to elect officers on 
Friday, 9th June, was requested through me This not being 
within the province of the D. D. G. M., I referred it to" the 
M. W. the Grand Master, and it was granted. 

Hope Lodge, No. 114, Port Hope, to attend divine service. 
25th June, 1893. 

Clementi Lodge, No. 313, Lakeheld, to attend divine ser- 
vice. Sunday, 2nd July, 1893. 


I visited each of the twenty-two lodges in the district offi- 
cially once, and herewith beg to hand report in detail. 

Ontario Lodge, No. 26, Port Hope : This, the oldest lodge 
in the district, is my mother lodge, and has had but few meet- 
ings in years that I have not attended. On the evening of 
my official visit, 27th December, assisted by V.W. Bro. James 
Evans, G.S.B., I installed the officers. This lodge is in a very 
nourishing condition in every way. Secretary and Treasur- 
er's books are well kept. The dues might be better collected, 
and a committee has now the matter in hand. Is one of the 
best working lodges in the district. Increase during the year, 
5 ; average attendance, 17. Amount paid for relief, $84.50 : 
total arrearages, $150.00. Insurance, conjointly with Hope 
Lodge, 81,500. 

Composite Lodge, No. 30, Whitby : Accompanied by W. 
Bro. J. W. Quinlan, P.M., and Bro. John Owen, J.W. of On- 
tario Lodge, I visited 1st June. This lodge nourishes. The 
Past Masters particularly take a great interest in their lodge. 


The W. Master, W. Bro. Theo. McGillivray, assisted by an 
efficient staff of officers, worked the third degree. In point of 
exactness of wording and manner given, is worthy of the 
highest comment. The meeting was a very large one, many 
visitors from Oshawa, Brooklin, and Pickering etc , were most 
hospitably entertained. With 84 members, an increase of 5 
during the year, painstaking Secretary, and good financial 
standing, the prospects of this lodge are of the best. Insur- 
ance, $400. 

Jerusalem, No. 31, Bowmanville : Visited at their regular 
meeting on Wednesday, 28th June. Have had no work dur- 
ing the year, and membership has decreased 10 ; 6 suspensions, 
2 resignations, 2 deaths. The P. Masters and officers take an 
interest, but the brethren should assist them better, at least 
by their attendance. The W. Master, W. Bro. S. Burden, 
and officers, opened and closed in the three degrees very well. 
The W. Master seems to think the period of stagnation about 
over, and the prospects for the next year better. All right 
financially. Have a very handsomely furnished lodge-room, 
and are insured for .$1,000. 

Mount Zion, No. 39, Brooklin : Visited 31st May. This 
lodge does not seem to make any headway, and is about at a 
stand-still. Have had one initiation and one deceased, which 
puts their membership just where it was a year ago. But few 
of the members reside in the village, and most of them in the 
country, still their average attendance is not at all what it 
should be. The W. Master, W. Bro. John Shand, and officers, 
opened and closed in the three degrees very well. There was 
no work. The lodge is in a fair position financially, — owns 
the building in which is the lodge-room, and it is quite a source 
of revenue to them. The dues, I impressed upon them, must 
be better collected. 

The Secretary was elected last December, and has had but 
little experience, yet he is painstaking and greatly interested 
in his work, and will be a good one. The W. Master thinks 
the prospects for next year are fair. Insurance, $1,700. 

Durham Lodge, No. 66, Newcastle : Visited at the regular 
meeting on 27th June. This lodge is just about in the same 
position as it was last year. Have had one initiation, with 
one resignation and one death ; the membership is one less. 
The lodges seem to have their good and dull times as with 
business, and the W. Master reports the prospects not very 
encouraging. The W. Master, W. Bro. Bellwood, opened and 
closed in the three degrees. There was no work ; the candi- 


date to be passed did not put in an appearance, as I believe 
he was not ready. The lodge is in a good shape financially : 
have a large and nicely furnished lodge-room. The P. Masters 
take an interest in its welfare, and, although not going ahead 
to any great extent, is all right. Insurance, 8300. 

Faithful Brethren, No. 77, Lindsay : Visited on the 3rd of 
March. W. Bro. Baker, assisted by W. Bro. Graham, exem- 
pli tied the E. A. Degree. The work was very well done, the 
J. W. delivering his lecture particularly well. A neatly fur- 
nished lodge-room, and in good financial standing. The books 
of this lodge are so particularly neat that I feel that I should 
mention the Secretary. Bro. G S. Patrick is worthy of the 
title of the best Secretary in the district, and is not excelled 
in the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge. The lodge is gradually 
increasing, and the prospects most encouraging. It was called 
upon, and has paid $160.63 for relief, which is worthy of com- 
ment. Has the second largest membership in the district (85), 
and but one member over twelve months in arrears of dues. 
Increase, 5 : average attendance, 25. Insurance, 81,200. 

Corinthian Lodge, Xo. 101, Peterborough : In Peterborough, 
Masonry seems to be most prosperous, and the interest taken 
in the Lodges by the Past Masters is particularly refreshing. 
On the evening of my visit, 29th March, the handsome lodge 
room was well filled with a large number of the brethren. 
The W. Master, W. Bro. R. G. Kingan, in the chair, assisted 
by W. Bros. T. A. Hay, A. Dawson, E. A. Peck, H. O. Winch 
and H C. Rogers, and officers of the lodge, exemplified the 
third degree. The work was well done. The Secretary is a 
good one, and the books are neatly and correctly kept. The 
membership has not increased during the year, four resigna- 
tions balancing three initiations and one affiliation. Financial 
standing good, prospects good. Fully insured, and one of our 
best lodges. 

Hope Lodge, Xo. 11-1, Port Hope : This is one of the most 
prosperous lcf8ges in the district, and although their statement 
shows but an increase of seven during the year, has initiated 
in the past year and a half, tifteen, has worked twenty-nine 
degrees in the past year, and prospects of the very best. On 
the evening of the 27th Dec. (St. John's) I had the honor, 
assisted by W. Bro. Wm. Garfat, and other Past Masters, of 
installing the Wor. Master, W. Bro. Thomas White, and 
officers. On the evening of my official visit, 3rd February, 
the Wor. Master, assisted by the P. Masters present, and 
officers, worked the E.A. and M.M. degrees very creditably. 


The brethren of this lodge are particularly enthusiastic, good 
attenders at regular meetings, and turn out well to pi'actice 
meetings. The Secretary is A 1, and the lodge books are well 
kept. Dues might be better collected. Financial standing 
good. Membership, 65 ; average attendance, 25. Insurance, 
conjointly with Ontario Lodge, .$1,500. 

Lebanon Lodge, No. 139, Oshawa : Yisited 28th February. 
Masonry indeed flourishes in Oshawa. This was the largest 
meeting among my official visits. 126 registered. I visited 
both the Oshawa lodges the same evening. R.W. Bro. House, 
Y.W. Bro. Brooking, and a great many Past Masters in the 
East, and large attendance of visitors from the near lodges, 
and we were most hospitably entertained. The W.M., W. 
Bro. Holland, in the chair, opened and closed in the three 
degrees very satisfactorily. This lodge is well officered and 
well attended, 25 being their average attendance. A little 
slow in collecting dues. Secretary's books well kept, and 
ranks with the best lodges in the district. 

J. B. Hall Lodge, No 145, Millbrook : Visited 8th June. 
The M.W., R. W. Bro. H Turner, M.D, in the chair, and 
all the officers present. Very fair meeting. No work. The 
W.M. opened and closed in the three degrees very satisfactor- 
ily. Lodge books neatly and well kept. There has been 
some irregularity, doubtless the neglect of some of the former 
secretaries, as to the record of members on the books of Grand 
Lodge. The W. Master has been at the Grand Secretary's 
office, and has now the matter satisfactorily adjusted. This 
lodge is doing well. Dues well collected. Five over twelve 
months in arrears. Increase during the year, eight. Insurance, 

Peterborough Lodge, No. 155 : This lodge has a member- 
ship of 1 1 4, the largest in the district, has held the most 
meetings and made the most Masons. Visited 29th March. 
A grand meeting. The W.M., Wor. Bro. D. N. Carmichael, 
assisted by W. Bro. D. Spence, W. Bro. Martin, R. W, Bro. 
Shortly and a most competent staff of officers, exemplified the 
M. M. degree in a very acceptable manner. The Secretarv is 
a good one, and the books are well kept, the financial stand- 
ing good, and the prospects never better. Insurance, $600. 

Norwood Lodge, No. 223 : Visited 28th March. The W.M. 
W. Bro. J. B. Powell and officers in their respective chairs. 
The meeting was not a large one, but fair, considering the 
membership, which is about 17. Seem to be careful as to 
material, as two candidates were rejected on the evening of 


my visit. The brethren seem to be interested in Masonry 
and their lodge, but have made little progress during the 
year. The W.M. reports their prospects better than they 
have been. There was no work ; they opened and closed in 
the three degrees very fairly. The books are fairly well kept, 
but I must say it has been only by continued importunity 
that I have been able to get from the Secretary six notices of 
meetings and answers to my correspondence. 

Verulam Lodge, No. 268, Bobcaygeon : Visited 26th May. 
This lodge ranks with the best. Has not increased in mem- 
bership the past year, still has had two initiations and one 
joining. Two resignations and one death leave the member- 
ship 46, with an average attendance of 14. The dues should 
be better collected, and the W.M. is now giving that his atten- 
tion. The W.M., W. Bro. R. Ventress, assisted by good offi- 
cers, worked the second degree most satisfactorily. The 
candidate was well posted and passed a very satisfactory ex- 
amination in the preceding degree. The Secretary, Bro. 
Ross, is a good one, prompt, neat, and the lodge books are a 
credit, franchise standing good, and very fair pi^ospects. In- 
surance, $400. 

Cedar Lodge, No. 270, Oshawa : Like its sister lodge, 
Lebanon, this ranks one of the best in the district, and the 
greatest harmony exists between them. I was met by R.W. 
Bro. McCaw, and W. Bro. Felt, I. P.M., on the evening of my 
official visit, 28th February. The attendance was very large, 
visitors from Whitby, Brooklin and Pickering, and we were 
royally entertained. The W.M., W. Bro. J. F. Grierson and 
officers, exemplified the E.A. degree It was W. Bro. Grier- 
son's maiden initiation and he did his work well. The lecture 
given by the J.W., Bro T. E. Kaiser, M.D , was in point of 
exactness of wording and delivery, worthy of mention. The 
Past Masters take great interest in the lodge, and the average 
attendance, 27, is only equalled by one other lodge in the 
district composite. The Secretary is a good one, and the 
books are in good shape . The lodge-room, which they oc- 
cupy, jointly with Lebanon, is large and handsomely fur- 
nished. Increase during the year, 3. Insurance, 81000. 

Clementi Lodge, No. 313, Lakefield ; Visited 7th Feb. 
This is second to none in the district. On the evening of my 
official visit, 22 of the members, besides a number of visitors, 
were in attendance. The W.M., W. Bro. F. R. S. Bailee, 
assisted by good officers, exemplified the E.A. degree particu- 
larly well, and it is all the more worthy of notice as it was 


their first degree to work since their installation, 27th Dec, 
before. It is most encouraging to see officers take such inter- 
est. The Secretary, Bro. R. Q. Dench, is a model Secretary, 
prompt, his books are neatness itself, and in the interests of 
the lodge he is indefatigable. Membership, 39. Increase, 3. 
He has worked 14 degrees, dues well collected, only 2 over 12 
months in arrears, with total arrearages $10.66. Financial 
standing and prospects good. Insurance, $200. 

Orono Lodge, No. 325: Orono: Visited 22nd June, on 
the evening of their regular meeting, accompanied by Bro. John 
Owen, J.W. of Ontario Lodge. Work in this lodge has been 
exceedingly quiet during the past year, but the W.M. reports 
the prospects for the coming one very good. I hoped to have 
had the opportunity of seeing an initiation, but the candidate 
in anticipation was rejected. Opened and closed in the three 
degrees fairly well. The secretary's books well kept. The 
W.M.,W. Bro. James Hunter, cannot work all the degrees, 
but hopes to be able to before the end of the year, he depends 
upon very efficient Past Masters who attend well. Number of 
members 46, decrease 2, average attendance 14. Three members 
in arrears over 12 months, total arrearages, $18.00, and G.L. 
dues paid up to date. This lodge is all right. Insurance, $400. 

Keene Lodge, No. 374. Keene : Visited 30th March. W. 
Bro. McCrea was detained at Peterborough, and the chair was 
taken by the I. P.M., W. Bro. McCamus. Their lodge room 
is not large, but quite unique in its masonic ornamentations. 
A number of the Norwood brethren paid Keene a fraternal 
visit. Opened and closed in the three degrees very creditably, 
and exemplified the second degree. W. Bi % o. John M. Shaw, 
M.D., is the Secretary, and to his indefatigable exertions the 
prosperity of the lodge owes a great deal. Membership, 25 ; 
attendance, 13, over half ; dues well collected ; financial stand- 
ing good, and Grand Lodge dvies paid up to date. Though not 
increasing, this lodge is all right. Insurance, $150. ' 

Lome Lodge, No. 375 : Omemee : Visited 2nd March. 
W. Bro. McPherson, the W.M., does his work very well and 
takes great interest in his lodge. No of members present, 13. 
Opened and closed in the three degrees, and initiated a candidate 
very well. Warden and Deacons work fairly. No. of members, 
29 ; increase 5 ; degrees worked, 1 3. Five over 12 months in ar- 
rears, and G.L. dues paid up to date. The Secretary is a good 
one, books all right, prospects good. Insurance, $300. 
* Victoria Lodge, No. 398 : Victoria Road : Visited 24th 
May, on their regular meeting. I note the report of last year 


of the sub-committee on the condition of Masonry, and I have 
given this lodge my special attention. This lodge has not im- 
proved during the past year, in fact has retrograded somewhat, 
and the prospects do not seem very bright for it where it is. On 
my visit to Victoria, I had a conversation with the Rev. W. Bro. 
Chaffee, now the W.M., installed 24th June last. He is a 
good worker, a very enthusiastic Mason, and will do his utmost 
in the lodge's interest, and may possibly be able to enliven some- 
what the comatose state it has unfortunately got into. The 
lodge has not had, I am of opinion, the W.M. that the Rev. 
W. Bro. Chaffee promises to be. I would suggest the removal 
of this lodge to Coboconk, where some of the members (as well 
as the W.M.) reside, as soon as they can procure suitable 
quarters. There are several other members of the Craft in and 
about there who would no doubt affiliate. The place is larger, 
and I am satisfied more material will offer. I have just receiv- 
ed a letter from the Rev. W. Bro. Chaffee, who says since the 
new start there has certainly been an awakening. The War- 
dens have expressed a zealous desire to master their work ; they 
begin at once. (as T impressed upon them the imperative necessity 
of) with preparation meetings, have suspended the old can-and- 
will not non -paying members, and are getting their finances 
into a better shape. He looks upon it as an earnest of better 
times. The membership 24, decrease 8, who were suspended for 
N.P.D. Have held but five meetings during the year. They 
have a free lease of their lodge room for 99 years, and are 
fully insured. 

The Spry Lodge, No. 406, Fenelon Falls : Visited, May 25th, 
accompanied by W. Bro. Alexander Hart, P. M., of Zetland, 
and also P. M. of this lodge, and V. W. Bro. James Alex- 
ander, Peterboro', Newark. The W. M. opened and closed 
the lodge in the three degrees fairly well. They have 
not had a candidate nor conferred a degree for the past 
year. The interest that should has not been taken in the 
lodge, owing to some unfortunate unpleasantness among some 
of the brethren. Things now, I am told, are assuming a bet- 
ter shape They have as good material as they ever had for a 
first-class working lodge, as I am told it was at one time 
one of the best. I note the opening and closing the lodge 
with an ode, and they have the music for the degree. W. Bro. 
Dr. Graham, conducts very ably the musical part. Music in- 
troduced into our ceremonies certainly makes them more in- 
teresting and impressive, and when well done is worthy of 
comment. The W.M., W. Bro. Nie, seems to take a great in- 


terest in his lodge, and informs me, although 875 in debt, 
have paid off $150 this year, and hopes to have all liabilities 
cleared off very soon. With the increased interest, I am led 
to believe this lodge will present a healthier showing in the 
near future. Number of members, 38 ; increase, 1. Eight 
members over twelve months in arrears, and total arrearages, 
859. 42. Insurance, $375. 

Murray Lodge, No. 408, Beaverton : Visited. May 23rd. 
This lodge has retrograded in point of membership during the 
past year. It has had no applications, one resignation, and six 
suspended for N. P. D. Still it seems the brethren take an in- 
terest in their lodge. The W. M., W. Bro. D. B. Dover, is a 
good Master, a good worker, and has good Wardens and other 
officers On the evening of my visit, exemplified the third de- 
degree very creditably The Secretary is a good one ; the 
books are all right ; dues should be better collected. Thirty- 
six members. G. L. dues paid to 1st July, 1892 ; financially, 
fair ; prospects, promising. Insurance, 8300. 

Fidelity Lodge, L T . D., Port Perry : Visited, January 27th. 
Tins lodge has been working U. D. since June, 1892, and are 
anxious to get their warrant On the evening of my visit, the 
W M , W. Bro. A. J. Davis, assisted by his officers, initiated 
two candidates. The W.M. did his work very well ; the War- 
dens and Deacons, poorly. I endeavored to impress upon them 
the imperativeness of practice meetings. This they promised 
to give their best attention They have purchased the furni- 
ture and paraphernalia of the old PrinceAlbert Lodge, and are 
now comfortably housed in a very neat little lodge-room. The 
W. M. reports an increase of six during the year. They have 
held twelve regular meetings. G. L. dues paid Dec. 27th. 
1892; no members in arrears; financial standing all right, 
and prospects good. Insurance, 8400. 


This district is to be congratulated upon Secretaries, for, 
with very few exceptions, they are the right men in the right 
place I have noted, in a few instances, where the minutes 
might be improved upon, and have drawn their attention t<> 
the model minutes in the Constitution, and recommended them 
to follow them as closely as possible I take this opportunity 
of thanking them, one and all, for their promptness and 
courtesy during my year of office. 


Much has been said from time to time by the retiring D.D. 
G.M's as to expenses, and, retiring, I am glad to have the op- 


portunity of adding my word in support. I will not go over 
the same ground that has been so often gone over. My experi- 
ence is identical with the I.P.D.D.G.M., R. W. Bro. McKay, 
and retiring with the experience, in the interest of those who 
follow, I feel in duty bound to again call the attention of 
Grand Lodge to this question. The actual travelling expenses, 
postage and stationery should be paid directly from the funds 
of Grand Lodge. This is right, and the only just way it can 
be done. 

I appointed Bro. H. A. Ward, S. W., Ontario Lodge, Dist. 
Secretary, and to him I am indebted for valuable assistance. 

I herewith attach a tabulated statement of the work done, 
and standing of the different lodges in the district. 

In conclusion, I have to thank the fraternity throughout 
the district for their cordial and fraternal treatment to me 
when paying my official visits, and whenever I have had oc- 
casion to communicate with them, and I shall always look 
back with pleasure to a red letter year in my life, the one I 
occupied the position of the representative of Ontario District. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. J. Robertson, D.D.G.M., 

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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, officers and mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Ma 
of Canada, in the Province of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren- : 

I have the honor to submit the following report on the con- 
dition of Masonry in the 13th Masonic District, for your con- 

Immediately after my election I appointed Bro. Geo. J. 
Waddell, District Secretary, and W. Bro.W. T. Wilkins, Dis- 
trict Chaplain, and notified the different lodges in the district 
to that effect. 

I have officially visited all the lodges in the district during 
the Masonic year. Those visits were all made in the different 
lodges on the regular nights of meeting, and, in every case, 
were well attended. The cordial reception that I everywhere 
met with was not only flattering to myself, but evinced the 
strictest loyalty to Grand Lodge. 

I have not called Lodges of Instruction during the year, as 
nearly every lodge in the district has an accurate working 
official staff, and the majority of the lodges have members 
capable of exemplifying the work at any time or place : in 
fact, so marked has been the accuracy in the work, that I 
found little to do by way of giving instruction. 


During the year, I have issued the following dispensation- : 

To Tweed Lodge, No. 239, on Oct. 23rd, 1 8»2. 

ToFranck Lodge, No. 127, on Dec. I lth, 1892. 

To Lake Lodge, No. 215, on June 25th, 1893. 

To Madoc Lodge, No. 48, on June 25th, 1 893. 

To Colbome Lodge, No. 91, on July 11th, 1893, 
for the purpose of appearing in Masonic clothing, attending 
divine worship, also to Tweed Lodge, No. 239. on June 23rd, 
1893, to install officers. 


I regret to say that there appeal's to be a lack of under- 
standing on the part of Secretaries of private lodges with re- 
gard to making prompt returns to the District Deputy Grand 
Master of the deaths that occur in their membership. 

I have only received notice of the deaths of three brethren 
during the year, viz.: —Brothers Geo W. Dench, and Hobert 
Van Horn, of Trust Lodge, No. 38 : and Brother Jacob 
Miller, of Lake Lodge, No. 215. 



As in the different lodges the officers are changing more or 
less every year, I think it would be wise to issue to the Secre- 
tary of each lodge, once a year, some kind of a con- 
densed list of all the returns that should be made to the 
different Grand Lodge officers during the year ; for I find, in 
connection with the duties of District Deputy Grand Master, 
that it is almost impossible to make complete returns, — not that 
lodges are unwilling to make them, but that they do not know 
their duties in this respect. 

I have found that, while the lodge Secretaries have a well- 
kept set of books in every instance, some of them are careless 
in not preserving the original applications for initiation and 
affiliation, and reports of committees, a copy of summons for 
each meeting, etc., etc. 


When well satisfied, perhaps nothing should be said, but I 
feel in duty bound to say : Every lodge in this district has 
fully paid my expenses in visiting them, and that, without 
going hat in hand to ask for them, so that, apart from loss of 
time, I have visited the whole district without the loss of a 
single dollar. 

I have also to add that I have promptly received copies of 
summons for all regular and emergent meetings. In conclu- 
sion, I must say that I think the lodges in this district only 
require to know their duties to insure a faithful discharge of 
the same. 


Consecon Lodge, No. 50, Consecon : I visited this, my 
mother lodge, Sept. 2nd, 1892. This is a small lodge, but 
well worked, and one that is careful as to the material taken 
in. The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Philp, and his Wardens, 
Bros. Yatt and Waddell, are amongst the best workers to be 
found. The lodge has increased its membership, and improv- 
ed its financial standing during the year. I had the pleasure 
of meeting R. W. Bro. Robertson, D.D.G.M. of the 12th dis- 
trict at this lodge. 

Star in the East Lodge, No. 164, Wellington: I visited 
this lodge Sept. 6th, 1892. Unfortunately a candidate for 
initiation was absent, but an exemplification of parts of the 
different degrees was given, which was exceedingly well ren- 

I have not seen work done by the new officers, but I am in- 
formed by the members that the new Master and Wai'dens are 


quite as capable as the old ones. I was accompanied by the 
Master and Wardens of Consecon Lodge at this visit. 

Lake Lodge, No. 215, Amelias burg : Visited, Oct. 3rd, 
1892. This is one of the most enthusiastic lodges in the dis- 
trict, and exemplifies clearly what may be done in a lodge if 
the members once become possessed of the true Masonic spirit. 
Here, there is always work, a large attendance, and the ut- 
most extension of fraternal feeling towards all visitors, and to- 
wards one another. On the night of my visit, there were pre- 
sent the Master and Wardens of every lodge in the county. 
Candidates for all the degrees presented themselves, and at 
the Master's request, the officers of the different lodges took 
the work in rotation, after their own officers had covered the 
ground. It can only be said that such a night's work for per- 
fection and enthusiasm is probably only to be witnessed by a 
Grand Lodge officer once in a lifetime. The lodge was opened 
early and closed at high twelve, after which their hospitality 
was quite equal to their work. Attendance nearly one hun- 

Marmora Lodge, No. 222, Marmora : Visited, Nov. 29th, 
1892. The members of this lodge have been strict business 
men. They have fully paid for their comfortable hall before 
indulging in such luxuries as expensive furniture, and are 
consequently not only out of debt, but have a revenue coming 
in. The work at this visit was in the third degree, and was 
well done by W. Bro. Bluker, Master of the lodge. I have 
learned that his successor, W. Bro. Prout, is quite as compe- 
tent as his pi'edecessor, both in work, and as an executive 

United Lodge, No. 29, Brighton : Visited, December 1st. 
1892. Found a good attendance of members, among whom 
were a number of Past Masters, also W. Bro. Philp, Master 
of Consecon Lodge. In United Lodge any visitor has only to 
meet AV. Bro. Wade, the Master, to ensure every attention 
being paid him. The work was exemplified in the first and 
second degrees by W. Bro. Wade, and a candidate raised in 
the third by W. Bro. Wannamaker, Past Master, with the 
greatest exactness. In the lodge, I met old P.M. Wellington, 
who gave me not only the early history of United Lodge, but 
also a great deal of the early history of Masonry in Canada. 
W. Bro. Wellington is just as enthusiastic as he was forty 
years ago. 

Stirling Lodge, No. 69, Stilling : Visited, January 5th, 1893. 
The attendance was large and the work well done by the 


Master, W. Bro. Shaw. This being the night for receiving 
the Auditors' report, a good opportunity was given to become 
acquainted with their financial standing. On balancing up, 
the lodge has an indebtedness of between $300 and $400, 
against which they possess a good suite of lodge furniture and 
a hall which is worth at least $2,000. I was pleased to notice 
that some of the Past Masters are still active in the work. 
On this visit were met W Bro. McKague, of Franck Lodge, and 
W. Bro. Prant, of Marmora Lodge. 

St. John's Lodge, No. 17, Cobourg : This lodge was visited 
January 31st, 1893, had a fair attendance ; found work done 
in the first and third degrees by W. M. Hargraft was not 
only exact, but was rendered with that polished finish which 
can only be acquired by the most careful study and practice. 
It was a pleasure to meet in the lodge, among other old ac- 
quaintances, R. W. Bro. P. J. Lightburn, P.D.D.G.M., who 
still works away with all the zeal which he possessed when in- 
stalled into the Master's chair. In this lodge I found the part 
taken by Past Masters in assisting with the work, the most 
active of any lodge in the district. 

Tweed Lodge, No. 239, Tweed : Visited, February 24th, 
1893. As there was no work on hand, the Worshipful Mas 
ter exemplified parts of all the degrees, doing such parts as 
were requested of him most satisfactorily. This lodge is in 
good financial standing, and, judging from the books, is doing 
a fair amount of work. Here I met W. Bro. Esterbrook, a 
zealous and thorough Mason. 

Franck Lodge, No. 127, Frankford: Visited, February 27th, 
1893. Found a large attendance and plenty of work. The 
work was well done by the Master, W. Bro. McKague. This 
lodge has done a large amount of work during the year, its 
officers being very active. 

Trent Lodge, No. 38, Trenton : Visited, February 28th, 
1893. The attendance was large, and the work more than 
could be done. The Master, W. Bro. Bouter, is a thorough 
and careful worker, and makes all feel that his heart is in the 
work. The Past Master in this lodge is still active, and 
everything points to a bright future. 

Percy Lodge, No. 161, Wark worth : Visited, March 1st,. 
1893. The Master, W. Bro. Tomlinson, and his Wardens in 
this lodge do their work in the finest style, and are above criti- 
cism in every respect. The attendance was good, and the 
greatest harmony seems to prevail. Although the annual dues 
are the lowest I ever found in a lodge, yet their financial stand- 
ing is the very best. 


Craig Lodge, No. 401, Deseronto : Visited, March 7th, 
1893. Attendance large. Found this lodge on the move, as was 
to be expected, after learning from the Tyler that he had only 
missed four meetings in sixteen years. If his example is imitat- 
ed by the other officers, the lodge will always prosper. The 
work was well done by the Master and Wardens. Although 
the lodge-room was a comfortable one, the brethren were pre- 
paring to move into what will probably be the best suite of 
rooms in the district. 

Eureka Lodge, No. 283, Belleville : Visited, March 8th, 1893. 
The attendance was large, both of members and visitors from 
the other Belleville lodges. Found plenty of work, and it was 
conducted by the Master, W. Bro. John Fenn, and Wardens with 
the greatest accuracy. It was to be noticed that perfect har- 
mony existed not only among members of this lodge, but also 
among the members of this and other Belleville lodges. It af- 
forded me much pleasure to meet on this visit, as I did on 
several other visits,V.W. Bro. Webster, who is well known as 
a genial and enthusiastic Mason. 

Golden Rule Lodge, No. 126, Campbellford : Visited, March 
28th, 1893. The attendance was fair ; the work done in the 
first and third degrees by the Master, W. Bro. Wensley, and 
his Wardens, was surprisingly exact. A careful examination 
of books showed that the officers were discharging their duties 
faithfully. Consider the prospects of the lodge bright. Past 
Master McCowan was present, and did much to make my 
visit a most pleasant one. 

Prince Edward Lodge, No. 18, Picton : I visited this 
lodge on March 30th, 1893, and also installed the officers of 
this and " 8tar in the East " in this lodge-room on Dec. 27th, 

1892. The attendance was large on both occasions. This is 
one of the oldest and largest lodges in the district, and its 
Secretary has the best kept set of books I ever examined. 
This lodge, though large, has been moving a little slowly in 
the past, but it began to awaken last year under W. Bro. 
Leavins, and this year W. Bro. Allison may well feel proud of 
old " Prince Edward."' It gave me great pleasure to meet 
there R. W. Bro. Donald Ross, P.D.D.G.M., and V.W. Bro. 
Case, P. G. D. of C, as well as many other old and prom- 
inent Masons. The work done by the officers in the b'rst and 
second degrees was all that the most exacting could desire. 

Colborne Lodge, No. 91, Colborne : Visited, March 31st, 

1893. Attendance good, and work done in the first and third 
degrees by the Master, W. Bro. Rutherford, and officers, was 


all that could be desired. I was glad to meet R. W. Bro. 
Willson, I.P.D.D.G.M. of this district, The lodge is in splen- 
did financial condition, and its lodge-room is a beautiful one. 
The Secretary, Bro. Keyes, keeps a tine set of books. 

The Belleville Lodge, No. 123, Belleville : Visited on A} nil 
6th, 1893. There was a good attendance of the members, 
and also a great many of the brethren from the other Belle- 
ville lodges. 

The work done in the first and second degrees by W. Bro. 
Dr. Wright was not only performed with great exactness, but 
possessed that scholastic finish that but few are able to give 
it. There were present at this meeting R. W. Bros. Hamil- 
ton, Smith and Smeaton : also R.W. Bro. Murray, of the 
Grand Lodge of Quebec, who gave some very interesting after- 
dinner speeches This lodge had much more work than could 
be done on the regular nights of meeting. Its prospects are 
the brightest. 

Moira Lodge, No. 11, Belleville : Visited, April 6th, 1893. 
Found the Worshipful Master, Bro. Dulmadge, and other offi- 
cers in their places. There was a good attendance of the mem- 
bers, and, as usual, a great many visiting brethren from the 
other Belleville lodges. The work was more than could be 
done at one meeting, consequently some of it had to be laid 
over for a special communication. At this visit it afforded 
me much pleasure to meet R. W. Bro. McGinnis, and one of 
Belleville's most energetic Masons, and also W. Bros. Mikel 
and Newton. The work was done in a most satisfactory man- 
ner. This is the oldest lodge in the district, and is in a most 
noui'ishing condition. 

Mystic Lodge, No. 278, Roslin : Visited, May 25th, 1893. 
The attendance was rather small, which was in some degree 
owing to the fact of its being a country lodge, and at the date of 
my visit a very busy time with the farmers. There were a 
number of visitors from Belleville. This lodge has not met 
very regularly during the year, owing probably to the fact 
that the Worshipful Master, Bro. Hudson, and some of the 
prominent members reside in other places. Although no 
candidates were present, there seemed to be a fair amount of 
work on hand. W. Bro. Hudson exemplified parts of the 
different degrees to my entire satisfaction. 

Madoc Lodge, No. 48, Madoc : Visited, May 30th, 1893. 
The attendance was fair. The Master, W. Bro. Gray, in the 
chair, and the other officers in their places. This is a large 
lodge, but being at the extreme end of the district, many of 



the members live at a great distance ; a candidate was raised 
m the third degree, and the Masters and other officers did 
their work most satisfactorily. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

T.H. Thornton, D.D.G.M., 
Prince Edward District, No. 13. 


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T<> the Moxt Worshipful the Grand Matter, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A.F. and A.M. of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have the honor to present to you the following report on 
the condition of Masonry in the 14th Masonic District. Al- 
though not present at Grand Lodge last year, the brethren of 
the above district will please accept my thanks for the honor 
conferred upon me by electing me to the important office of 

The excellent work done by my predecessor has brought 
forth good fruit, and has tended to lighten my duties, and 
make them pleasant and agreeable. 

This district contains thirteen lodges. I have officially visited 
all once, and some twice, and I have pleasure in reporting that 
harmony and peace prevail, while loyalty to the Craft and to 
properly constituted authority is manifested by all. 

The following is a record of my official visits and acts for 
the past year : 

Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 119, Bath : I visited this lodge on 
31st Oct., 1892, on a regular meeting. I was accompanied by 
R. W. Bro. H. J. Wilkinson, Kingston, and W. Bro. McNee. 
There being no work to do, the W.M. opened the lodge in the 
three degrees. W. Bro. Robinson and his officers performed 
their part very well. The books of the lodge are kept in a 
neat and business-like manner. The dues are well collected, 
only two brethren being in arrears. 

Simpson Lodge, No. 157, Newboro' : I made my official 
visit to this lodge on Nov. 1st, 1892 ; regular meeting. I was 
accompanied by R. W. BrO. Wilkinson, and had the pleasure 
of meeting three other Past D D.G.M.'s of this district at the 
lodge. The second degree was exemplified by W. Bra Gor- 
rell, P.M., the work being well done. The Wardens were 
proficient in their work, but the junior officers were not as 
well up as they should be. The Secretary keeps his books in 
a very neat manner. 

Albion Lodge, No. 109, Harrowsmith : I paid my first 
official visit to this lodge on Nov. Ith, 1892 ; regular meeting. 
It being a very stormy night, only eight members were pre- 
sent. The W.M. opened the lodge in the three degrees in a 
very able and efficient manner. I again visited this lodge on 
Feb. 24th, 1893, on a regular meeting. The three degrees 


were exemplified on four candidates, the W.M. doing the se- 
cond degree, and W. Bros. Hartman and Meyers respectively 
the first and third. The lodge is in very good working order, 
and good harmony seems to prevail. The books are kept in a 
neat and business-like manner. The D.D.G.M. last year re- 
ported this lodge as being wholly inactive, but I am glad to be 
able to report that it has taken a turn for the better, and I 
think the future prospects of the lodge are good. 

Prince Arthur Lodge, No 228, Odessa : Accompanied b\ 
R. W. Bro Kinghorn, and W. Bro McNee, I visited this lodge 
on Nov. 7th, 1892. The W. M., Bro. Aylesworth, the S. W., 
and three other brethren, were present, so we did not have a 
meeting It was a very stormy and disagreeable night, and 
most of the members reside quite a distance from the lodge I 
again visited it on May 1st, 1893. The W.M. opened the 
lodge in the three degrees, in a manner with which I could find 
no fault. I regret to have to report that they still allow other 
bodies, who are not connected with Masonry, to occupy and use 
their rooms. 

Leeds Lodge, No. 201, Gananoque : I paid my official visit 
to this lodge on Nov. 29th, 1892, accompanied by R. W. Bro. 
"Wilkinson, and W. Bro. Oram. The attendance was very 
good. The W. M., Bro. Heaslip, opened and closed in all the 
degrees, and exemplified the third. The work was very well 
done, both by the W. M. and other officers. The Secretary, 
W. Bro. Hayward, has the books in thoroughly good order. 
This lodge, I anticipate, has a bright prospect before it. 

Lorne Lodge, No. 404, Tamworth : I visited this lodge on 
December 9th, 1892, on regular meeting. The work of the 
third degree was exemplified by the W. M., Bro. Jas Ayles- 
worth. Although this is the infant lodge in this district, yet, 
for general proficiency, and well-grounded officers, it ranks 
among the oldest. The W. M. and his officers performed the 
work in a very able and efficient manner. 

Minden Lodge, No. 253, Kingston : I paid my official visit 
to this lodge on March 6th, 1893, at a regular meeting. There 
was a good attendance of members, and a fair representation 
of visitors from the other city lodges. There being no 
Work on hand, the W. M., Bro. Creighton, opened and closed 
in the three degrees in a very creditable manner. The Secre- 
tary's books are neatly and correctly kept, and future prospects 
of the lodge are bright. I also visited this lodge at most of 
the regular meetings during the winter, and always found a 
-i^ood attendance of the Past Masters and members. I also 


had an opportunity ot' witnessing the work of the several de- 
grees exemplified by the W. M and his officers. 

Cataraqui Lodge, No. 92, Kingston: Paid my official visit to 
this lodge on March 8th, 1 893, it being my mother lodge. W. 
Bro. Birkett presided, and conferred the second degree on one 
candidate ; the work was done to my satisfaction. The J. W. 
was absent on this occasion ; the S. W. and other officers per- 
formed their work in a very able manner. The books I found 
to be neatly and correctly kept. On the whole, I consider the 
prospects of this lodge to be bright. 

Elysian Lodge, No. 212, Garden Island : I visited this lodge 
on March 13th, 1893, at an emergent meeting, called for my 
visit, and the exemplification of the work in the third degree. 
W Bro. Watts, the W. M., exemplified the work in a very 
able and correct manner. The Wardens and other officers are 
well posted in the work. The books are well and neatly kept. 

Prince of Wales Lodge, No. 146, Newburgh : Visited this 
lodge on March 29th, 1893, at a regular meeting. A fair at- 
tendance of members was present . The W. M. had no work to 
offer, but opened and closed the lodge in the three degrees. 
The work was very well done. I regret to learn that they 
have given a lease of their hall to a body not connected with 

Victoria Lodge, No. 299, Centreville : I visited this lodge 
officially on 30th March, 1893, at a regular meeting, and had 
a fair attendance. The W. M. opened and closed in the three 
degrees in a manner with which I could find no fault. The 
S. W. was absent, and the J. W. was not well posted in his 
work. The other officers were not as well posted in their 
work as they should be. This lodge is doing fairly well since 
they have occupied their new hall, which was dedicated in 
June, 1892. The books of the Secretary are well kept. 

Union Lodge, No. 9, Napanee : I visited this lodge on the 
31st March, 1893, at a regular meeting, and had a good 
attendance of members, and a number of visitors. The work 
for the evening was an initiation, which was done in a per- 
fect manner by the W.M., Bro. Pruyn. The Wardens and 
other officers of the lodge are well posted in their work. The 
J. W. gave his lecture in a very able manner, and the S. W. 
the charge without a slip. The Secretary is a very careful 
and painstaking officer, and the books are kept in a neat and 
business-like manner. The future prospects of the lodge are 
very bright. 

The Ancient St. John's Lodge, No. 3, Kingston : I paid my 


official visit to this lodge on April 6th, 1893, at a regular 
meeting. There was a very good attenda nee of Past Masters 
and members, and also a fair attendance of visitors. The W. 
M., Bro. Forshaw Day, exemplified the work of the first de- 
gree. The J. W. and some of the junior officers were absent. 
The work was not done as well as it should have been by this, 
the oldest lodge in the district. An excess of nervousness on 
the part of the W.M. somewhat detracted from the effect of 
the ceremony. The books of the Secretary are well and neatly 


I am happy to say that the great majority of the lodges 
render the ritualistic part of the ceremonies as near as can be 
to the authorized work, which is certainly very agreeable to 
the D.D.G.M., as in most cases it makes his duties very light. 


The deaths of the following brethren have been reported to 
me : R.W. Bro. G. M. Wilkinson, Past D.D.G.M., W. Bro. W. 
•J. Wilson, W. Bro. T. Y. Greet, Bro. W. H. Henderson, Bro. 
Robert Kent, The Ancient St. John's Lodge, No. 3 ; Bro. J. 
Connors, Bro. T. R. Dupuis, Cataraqui Lodge, No. 92 ; Bro. 
J. Birmingham, Leeds Lodge, No. 201 ; Bro. P. Bajus, Min- 
den Lodge, No. 253. 


Dispensation was granted by the D. D. G. M., during the 
year, to attend divine service, clothed as Masons, to Simpson 
Lodge, No. 157. 


I desire to tender my thanks to the following lodges for 
contributing towards the payment of my expenses : Simpson, 
Albion, Leeds, Lome, Minden, Cataraqui, Prince of Wales, 
Victoria, Union, The Ancient St. John's. 

Amendments to by-laws of Simpson Lodge, No. 157, and 
Lome Lodge, No. 404, have, during the year, been submitted 
by the D.D.G.M., for the approval of the Grand Master, which 
has, in each case, been granted. 

I installed the officers of The Ancient St. John's Lodge, 
No. 3 ; Cataraqui, No. 92, and Minden, No. 253. 

In concluding this official report, I wish to thank the M.W. 
the Grand Master, and the Grand Secretary, for the very 
prompt manner in which they answered all communications, 
and also those brethren throughout the district who so kindly 


lent me their assistance in making my duties both light and 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Geo. Xommerville, D.D.G.M., 

Frontenac District, No. 14. 




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To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Lodge of A.F. and A.M. of Canada, in the 

Province of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren. 

I have the honor to submit my report upon the condition of 
Masonry in the Fifteenth Masonic District. 

I have visited all the lodges composing this district, once, 
some twice, and in every instance have been received with 
the greatest courtesy and fraternal feeling. That the condi- 
tion of Masonry in this district is prosperous and harmonious 
is beyond question. Lodges, which, last year, seem to have 
been weak, have taken a fresh lease of life, and never, I be- 
lieve, have the lodges as a whole, shown to better advantage. 
This is, no doubt, owing to the efficient work done by my 
predecessors of late years. 

During the year, I have granted the following dispensations 
for attending divine service : Lyn Lodge, No. 116, June 1 lth ; 
St. Francis Lodge, No. 24, Smith's Falls ; Farran's Point 
Lodge, No. 256, Farran's Point ; Merrickville Lodge, No. 55, 
Merrickville, and Crystal Fountain Lodge, No. 389, North 
Augusta, June 25th. 

By dispensation from the M.W. the Grand Master, I have 
healed live members of the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario, 
which I have reported to the Grand Secretary, and remitted 
the fees. 

There have been several deaths in the district which have 
not been reported to me. 

True Briton Lodge, No. 14, Perth, have been called to 
mourn the loss of W. Bro. J. W. Motherwell. 

St. James Lodge, No. 74, Maitland, has lost four of their 
number, Charles Lemon, Secretary ; W. McDougall, Win. 
Quartus, S.W., and A. C. Johns. 

The statistical blanks sent by me to the various Secretaries 
have not, in some cases, been returned, hence I am unable to 
give a full report of all the work done in the district. 

The following is a bi-ief account of my official visits : 

Sussex Lodge, No. 5, Brock ville : Visited this lodge, Feb. 
27th, 28 present. The third degree was conferred in a very 
correct and impressive manner. The Secretary is a model one, 
and full)' up to his duties in every particular. Having visited 
this lodge several times during the year, I can safely say that 
it is the best working lodge in the district. The year has 


been a prosperous one, and on examining the books it was 
gratifying to learn that the large arrearage of dues, with 
which they have been burdened in the past, has been materi- 
ally lessened. I have experienced much kindness and assist- 
ance from the members of this lodge during my official year. 
The officers and members are proficient and earnest exponents 
of the principles of the Order. 

True Briton's Lodge, No. 14-, Perth : Visited this lodge 
June 5th, 1893, 21 members present. No work on hand. The 
lodge was opened and closed in the three degrees in a very 
creditable manner. The books of the Secretary and Treasurer 
are well kept, showing that both officers are conversant with 
their duties. The lodge is in a good financial state, but has 
too much arrearage for dues. I consider this lodge fairly pros- 
perous. On this visit I was accompanied by V. W. Bro. 
J. A. Houston and two of the members of St. Francis Lodge, 
No. 24, Smith's Falls. R. W. Bro. Morris was present, and 
gave a brief history of some historic certificates which adorn 
the walls of the roorn. 

St. Francis Lodge, No. 24, Smith's Falls : I visited this 
lodge, December 27th, 1S92, and installed the officers, after 
which an "At Home " was held, which was well attended by 
the members and their ladies, and was a perfect success. On 
March 3rd, T again visited this lodge. Members present, 30. 

The work of the evening was an initiation and passing, 
which were done in a highly satisfactory way. The lodge is 
enthusiastic, and highly prosperous. 

The lodge-room is well-appointed, and due care is exercised 
in regard to fitness of applicants. The Secretary's and Treas- 
urer's books are models of neatness and correctly kept. 

The veteran S. Moag still holds the office of Secretary, and 
has held it for thirty-five years. Under the watchful care of 
V. W. Bro. J. A. Houston, and AY. Bro. Percival, this is one 
of the best lodges in the district. 

Mount Zion Lodge, No. 28 Kemptville : Visited this lodge, 
May 3rd. Members present, 15. Wor. Master absent on ac- 
count of sickness. W. Bro. Bascomb, I. P.M., officiated in an 
able manner. Lodge opened and closed in the three degrees, 
and the first exemplified in a correct and impressive manner. 

The Secretary's and Treasurer's books are well and correctly 
kept, and dues are not allowed to run to any extent. 

The various officers are proficient in their work and \ ery 
enthusiastic. Although not having done much work in the 
past year, the officers are prepared to make good Masons in 
a commendable manner. 


Memckville Lodge, No. 55, Merrickville : Visited this 
lodge, May 4 th. There being no work on hand, the lodge was 
opened and closed in the three degrees, and first degree exem- 
plified. The Master and officers are fairly well up in their 
work. The Secretary is careful and painstaking, and his 
books are well kept. 

The yearly dues are too low to meet current expenditure, 
and unless they have an initiation or two during the year there 
must be a deficit. This I think will be remedied in the near 
future. Members present, eleven. 

St. James Lodge, No. 74, Maitland. This lodge I visited 
on June 12th, 1893 ; members present, Hfteen. 

Work of the evening, opening and closing in the three de- 

During the past year, death has visited this lodge four times. 
Amongst the number, the Secretary and Senior Warden have 
been included. 

The present Secretary is not up in his duties, the brethren 
claiming they do not receive notices of meetings until after 
they have been held. No deaths have been reported to me, 
nor notices received. 

This will, I think, be attended to in the future. This is 
the historic lodge-room of the district, the walls being gar- 
nished with warrants of various kinds. 

As will be seen by accompanying table, the meetings have 
been very irregularly held. 

Rising Sun Lodge, No. 85, Athens : I visited this lodge on 
Api-il 27th ; members present, twenty-eight. 

The W.M., Bro. Dixon, was ill and unable to attend, and 
V.W. Bro. J. B. Saunders presided. 

W. Bro. Cumming, of Lyn Lodge, No. 416, assisted in a 

The officers are well up in their work. The Secretary 
thoroughly understands his work. It is, indeed gi'atifying to 
be able to report of this lodge that they have leased, and 
are having fitted up, a lodge room that will be a credit to the 
Craft. The dues are too low, but heretofore the expenses 
have been light. An increase is now under discussion. Earn- 
est and thorough Masons are numerous in this lodge, and the 
future prosperity of this old lodge is assured. 

Central Lodge, No. 110, Prescott : This lodge I visited on 
Feb. 7th ; twenty-two present. 

The Master being away, the I. P.M. presided. 

An initiation was the work of the evening, which was done 


in an impressive manner. The officers are well up in their 
work ; the Secretary and Treasurer's books are rightly kept, 
and Central Lodge is to be congratulated on its efficient Sec- 
retary, Bro. H. H Wells. 

A large and well-furnished lodge-room, and the financial re- 
port shows a balance of about 8600 invested. 

Masonry is in a flourishing condition in this lodge, and 
future prospects are bright. 

Cornwall Lodge, No. 125, Cornwall : Visited this lodge on 
Mar. 16 ; an emergent meeting, twenty-three being present. 

Opened and closed in the three degrees. Visited again at 
the regular meeting on April 4th. Work of the evening, 
two raisings, which were fairly well done. 

The posting of the candidates was, indeed, pleasing, and re- 
flects great credit on W. Bro. Edgecombe, who instructed 

The officers have a fair knowledge of the work, and are en- 

The lodge -room is large, and handsomely furnished. This 
loige has not made such pi'ogress as it should in a town of its 
size, but prospects for the future are better. The Secretary's 
books are well and neatly kept. 

Excelsior Lodge, No. 142, Morrisburg : Visited, June 7 th 
There being no work, the lodge was opened and closed in the 
three degrees, and the Senior and Junior Wardens gave the 
lectures in 1st and 2nd degrees in a very able and impressive 
manner. The Secretary's books are correctly kept. Some 
little friction seems to exist, which I hope time will eradicate. 
The lodge-room is fairly well furnished and ought to incite the 
brethren to live up to the grand principles therein taught. 
Was pleased to meet R.W. Bro. S. B. Fell at the meeting, 
and taking an active part in the work of the lodge. 

Friendly Brothers Lodge, No. 143, Iroquois : Visited, April 
2oth. Members present, twenty-two. The work on hand was 
initiating a candidate, which was correctly and impressively 
done. The officers are well up in their work, and manifest a 
desire to excel. An " At Home," given by the members, 
April 19th, was successfully carried out, and reflects great 
credit on the various committees. Secretary's and Treasurer's 
books are correctly kept, and the lodge is in a flourishing state. 

Lancaster Lodge, No. 207, Lancaster : Visited this lodge 
March 15th. Members present, sixteen Work in the 3rd 
degree was the order of the evening, and the candidate was 
raised in an able manner. The Secretary is an efficient one, 


and his books are neatly kept. The various officers have a fair 
knowledge of their duties. Financially, they are in good con- 

Macoy Lodge, No. 242, Mallorytown : I visited this lodge 
officially, January 30th Members present, thirty-two. The 
\ v .M., W. Bro Dickey, was ill and unable to be present The 
J. W. also was absent By request of the brethren, I conferred the 
3rd degree on a candidate, who was eligible. The Secretary's 
and Treasurer's books are correctly kept, but the other officers 
are not up in their work. The mistake is made, of re-electing 
the W.M. continuously. I strongly advocated a change in 
this respect, and hope to see more enthusiasm amongst the 
members in the near future. 

Farran's Point Lodge, No. 25G, Farran's Point : I had the 
pleasure of visiting this lodge on March 1 7th. Members present, 

W. M. opened and closed in the three degrees and exempli- 
fied the first, all of which was done in an able manner. The 
Secretary was ill, so could not be present, but his books are 
neat, and correctly kept. The officers are all well up in their 
work ; the dues are well looked after in this lodge. The hall 
is owned by the lodge, and the prospects for the future are 

Chesterville Lodge, No. 320, Chesterville : Visited this 
lodge, March 27th. Members present, 20. Initiation was the 
work of the evening, and was well done. The officers are well 
up in their work and enthusiastic. 

The Secretary and Treasurer attend to their duties in an 
able manner. The lodge is prosperous and is composed of first- 
class material. Work throughout the year has been abundant. 
The brethren are ably assisting the officers in their work, and 
peace and harmony prevail. Financial standing is good. 

Salem Lodge, No. 368, Brockville : I visited this lodge offi 
cially, May 29th. Members present, 44. Work for the even 
ing was a raising, which was impressively clone by Wor. Bros. 
Stayner and Colcock. 

The W. M., J. R. Wright, was absent, and the LP. M., N. 
B. Colcock, officiated. The officers are well up in their work 
and enthusiastic Was pleased to meet R. W. Bro. Riddell 
and W. Bro.Urquhart, of Sussex, No. 5, with the brethren of 
Salem, showing that a better feeling exists between these two 

The Secretary's books are in good shape. The W. M., J. 
R. Wright, having been away from home a great share of the 


time, V. W. Bro. Colcock, I. P.M., has been called upon to do 
the most of the work, and, in recognition of his services, the 
brethren presented him with a Past Master's Jewel on the 
evening of June 24th. The lodge is prosperous 

Harmony Lodge, No. 370, Delta : In company with several 
members of Lyn Lodge, No. 416, I visited this lodge officially 
March 1st. Members and visitors present, thirty -five. 

Amongst the visitors, I had the pleasure of meeting R. 
W. Bro. Dargavel, P.D.DG.M, of Frontenac district. Work 
of the evening was 1st and 2nd degrees. The officers seem to 
have a fair knowledge of the work. This is one of the finest 
lodge-rooms in the district, and the lodge is prosperous. Sec- 
retary's and Treasurer's books correctly kept, and dues well 
looked after. 

Henderson Lodge, No. 383, Winchester : I visited this 
lodge on March 28th; twelve members present Opened and 
closed in the three degrees ; all fairly well done 

I again visited them on May 2nd ; two initiations and a rais- 
ing was the work of the evening. 

The W.M. is new to the position, but manifests a desire to 
improve. The Wardens are fairly well up in their work. 
The Secretary is an able one, and his books are in good shape. 

Last year this lodge was reported as being in a stupor : it 
has now awakened, and the prospects for the future are good. 

The newly-made members are young and enthusiastic, and 
will, I think, look well after the best interest of the Craft in 
that vicinity. 

Lansdowne Lodge, No. 387, Lansdowne : Visited this lodge 
on January 26th ; ten members present — Junior Warden and 
both Deacons absent. Initiated a candidate. 

The W.M. is fairly well up in the work, but is indifferently 
supported. In company with R.W. Bros. Menish and Simp- 
son, and W. Bros. Urquhart and Stafford, and some members 
of Lyn Lodge, I again visited this lodge, and saw two initia- 
tions and a raising, which were fairly well done. 

This lodge is getting in some good material. The lodge- 
room is sparsely furnished, but will shortly be put into better 
shape. A little more zeal displayed by the junior officers 
would greatly improve this lodge. 

The Secretary's books are fairly well kept, and the lodge is 
financially in good shape. 

Crystal Fountain Lodge, No. 389, North Augusta : I visited 
this lodge on June 20th ; members present, twenty-one. 

Opened and closed in the three degrees in a very correct 


manner. The officers are well up in their work, and are very 

The building in which the lodge-room is situated is owned 
by the lodge. There is some little indebtedness on it yet, 
but they are in a prosperous state. 

The books are neatly kept, but there is too much arrearage 
for dues. Steps are to be taken to bring the delinquents to 

Lodge-room neatly furnished, and the utmost harmony pre- 

Lyn Lodge, No. 416, Lyn : With the exception of one, I 
have attended every meeting of this lodge during the yeai-, 
consequently have had many opportunities to witness the work 
done. The last half-year has been a busy one, and the work 
has been done in an able manner. The officers are all profi- 
cient in their work, and anxious to excel in their respective 
offices. The lodge-room is neatly furnished, and has no debt. 
Masonry in this vicinity is flourishing, and prospects for the 
future are very promising. 

Maxville Lodge, No 418, Maxville : I had the pleasure of 
visiting this Lodge, March 14th. Members present, 36. Ini- 
tiation and routine work was the order of the evening. The 
work was done in a highly creditable manner ; the officers all 
understand their work. The lodge-room is new, and neatly 
furnished, and the Treasurer's books show a tidy balance on 
hand. This lodge is a credit to St. Lawrence District, and I 
earnestly hope it may long remain our North-East corner. 
The W. M., O. T. Smith, is an able worker, and is ably assist- 
ed by W. Bro. Henry. The Secretary is an able one, and his 
books are correctly kept, and dues well looked after. This is 
a highly promising lodge. 

In conclusion, I wish to tender my sincere thanks to the 
brethren of the St. Lawrence District for the kind and fra- 
ternal manner in which I have been received in every lodge, 
and I bespeak for my successor in office the same measure of 

All uf which is fraternally submitted. 

C. W. Bullock, D.D.G.M. 

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To the M. W. the Grand Master, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Lodge of A. F. <k A. M. of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario : 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

In placing before you my report of the condition of Masonry 
in the 1 6th Masonic District, I have endeavored to be as con- 
cise as possible, whilst giving an accurate account of my own 
observations as well as of several distinguished brethren. 

I have visited all the lodges in the district, but not as fre- 
quently as I should have done. From my visitation, conver- 
sation with members of the Craft in each place, besides a 
desultory correspondence with many prominent brethren, I 
fancy I am in a position to come near the mark as to the con- 
dition of Masonry in my district ; and I must say, at the out- 
set, tha*t Freemasonry has nothing of the Utopian nature that 
I presumed it had. 

To my mind, Freemasonry in this district does not bear the 
impress of the greatest virtue, — charity, which should be the 
distinguishing characteristic of a Mason's heart. This is mani- 
fested in various ways. I find that very little pecuniary assist- 
ance, in many cases none, has hitherto been given by the 
lodges to such worthy objects, as Orphans' Home, old Men's 
Home, hospitals and various other institutions throughout the 
district, for the maintenance and amelioration of suffering 
humanity. Why is it so ? It is because all the lodges, or 
nearly all, are in a state of penury, resulting partly from the 
extravagance of fourth degrees, partly from carelessness of 
brethren not paying their dues, and partly from heavy lodge 
rents and other incidental expenses. Brethren, individually, 
in their capacity as citizens, contribute handsomely to worthy 
charitable objects : and it cert linlv reflects credit upon them ; 
but what I would like to see in my district is some benevo- 
lent institution where the Masons would have the entire con- 
trol, and where the poorest Mason would feel that he has 
some voice in its management, and where it would not be re- 
garded as a monopoly of the rich. 

Lack of charity is also manifested in debates and discussions 
which frequently arise in the course of lodge business. Some- 
times brethren vary in their opinions, and naturally emugh, 
too ; but the invective that is commonly exhibited should not 
be tolerated, and in too many instances, the acrimonious feel- 
ings engendered are carried bevond the lodge. The funda- 


mental principle — brotherly love, — which we are supposed to 
have engrafted in our system, is often lost sight of. 

I also find that after election of officers, there is a great 
deal of dissatisfaction shown by the unsuccessful aspirants for 
office, and their more intimate brethren. In some cases, I 
must admit, that the selection of officers is not a wise one ; 
but when the choice is made, the brethren, one and all, should 
give them their loyal support. Touching upon this, brethren 
are sometimes eager for office and advancement ; but, just as 
soon as it is acquired, they lapse into a lethargic indifference, 
do not observe regularity, nor the duties imposed upon them, 
and, if remonstrated with by their superior officer, a spirit of 
insubordination at once arises. The consequence is that, to 
maintain the even tenor of their way, the advice intended to 
be given with the kindliest sentiment, is often withheld. 

Brethren, too, are at times accused of forming " rings " or 
" cliques " to advance a brother of their class, without any re- 
gard to mei'it or ability. If there be a predominance of fac- 
tory hands, or railway employes in one lodge, and civil ser- 
vants, merchants or printers in another, where such a major- 
ity exists, the election of Master and Wardens is pretty cer- 
tain to prove satisfactory to that majority and contrariwise to 
the rest. It is very difficult for a D. D. G. M. to determine to 
what extent such un-Masonic conduct is practised ; but, that 
it does exist, I am quite satisfied. 

All these circumstances detract from the prosperity and 
harmony, and, I may add, the attendance at our lodges. Is it 
to be wondered at ? No brother desires to go to a lodge meeting 
and find at the end of two or three hours that nothing has 
been accomplished, no good achieved beyond the recitation 
of a most beautiful ritual, Which, even after a time, becomes 
to many restless spirits uninteresting. 

The conduct or behavior of brethren whilst in the lodge is, 
on the whole, very creditable ; but there are instances where 
there might be some improvement. In this respect, the Wor- 
shipful Masters, with a little tact, might effect remedial 
changes. Brethren leaving a lodge should do so at a conveni- 
ent time, and not ask permission to retire when it is certain to 
disturb the business of the lodge. It is also a noticeable, yet 
regrettable, fact that after reports, correspondence, and such 
like have been disposed of, and the time has come to initiate, 
pass, or raise a candidate, the brethren retire, one by one, till 
the officers are left alone. This shows the amount of sympathy 
and encouragement extended to both the officers and the candi- 


date. "Whilst making such disparaging remarks, I must never- 
theless add that we have many truly beautiful characters 
around whom a halo of grace and glory seems to shine ; and 
were it not for them, affording, as they do, living monuments 
of unselfishness and integrity, my hope for an improvement in 
the condition of Masonry would be very small. 

The clothing of brethren attending lodge meetings may be 
rather a curious matter for a court deputy to report upon, but 
I cannot allow it to pass without comment. Some brethren 
seem to have the greatest indifference as to how they appear 
in a lodge. They make little or no alteration in their busi- 
ness apparel (if I may so term it), when about to attend lodge 
meeting. Now, whilst T admit that the manner in which a 
brother appears in lodge has very little to do with his quality 
as a Mason, I cannot help thinking, when it takes so little 
time and costs so little, that a brother should attire himself 
equally as becoming as if he were going to divine service on the 
Lord's Day. Visiting lodges in cities, as well as in rural parts, 
I have also found brethren of high or low degree very negli- 
gent as regards their proper regalia. I believe that a brother 
should wear the insignia of his rank, and not depend upon 
procuring the common white apron that lodges furnish for 
entered apprentices. 

The attention of the members of Grand Lodge is particularly 
directed to the following paragraphs : 

L'niforinity of fees in city lodges is a matter which should 
have the serious consideration of the members of Grand Lodge. 
Whilst clause 136 of our Constitution fixes the minimum fee 
for making a Mason at twenty dollars, there are only two 
lodges in the city of Ottawa that hold to that fee. In view of 
that, I am credibly informed that candidates have been known 
to join a particular lodge where the fee was much less than the 
lodge where they had first intended placing their application. 
Such a state of affairs does not become Masons ; and until 
some legislation is enacted to prevent such practices, there 
will be no improvement, and no end to the antipathy between 
the several lodges. 

I have long cherished the hope that the various lodges 
throughout Ontario would hold their elections in the month of 
June preceding the convocation of Grand Lodge ; and I am 
charmed to find that R.W., Bro. H. A Collins, D.D.G.M. of 
the Eleventh Masonic District, entertains the same hope. 
That such a course would materially help D.D.G.M's in their 
reports to Grand Lodge, on the condition of Masonry, I am 


more convinced than ever. It would enable lodges to furnish 
a correct account of their yeai's' standing. The Grand Lodge 
schedule supplied to each lodge to complete would be compre- 
hensible, and there would be no friction between the returns 
of a D.D.G.M. and his successors. There are only four lodges 
in my district that terminate their business, etc., in June, 
while the rest close their year in December. The Grand 
Lodge schedule asks for " work done " from 24th June, of one 
year, to 24th June the following year. Now, to point out an 
inaccuracy, I will take one of the forms returned to me. The 
siatistical table of Civil Service Lodge, No. 148, shows one 
death. Turning to my memo, of deceased brethren in the 
year, I find no record of any death being reported to me from 
Civil Service Lodge ; but scanning over my predecessor's list, 
I notice the name of our late brother. J. Adamson, which has 
undoubtedly been embodied in the forin sent to me. In ad- 
dition to this, it is the custom of many brethren to pay their 
dues at the end of their Masonic year. In those lodges in 
which the year terminates in December, the " total of arrear- 
ages " naturally appears large. The same thing holds good in 
the column showing the " amount paid for relief." Entering 
on my duties last July (1892), I was not furnished with any 
list of Past Masters and officers of the various lodges under my 
charge till January ; and of those lodges whose election and 
installation took place in June (1893), I have only received 
one. Under the existing system, it is, therefore, a most ar- 
duous task for a D.D.G.M. to do justice to the office which he 
has sworn to faithfully discharge. 

In view of the notice of motion before Grand Lodge, by W. 
Bro. Fred. Cook, "That Maxville Lodge, No. 418, be detach- 
ed from the St. Lawrence District, No. 15, and attached to 
the Ottawa District, No. 16," I visited that lodge on June 
14th, accompanied by R. W. Bro. David Taylor, P. D.D.G.M., 
and W. Bro. Fred. Cook. We were most cordially received. 
and shown every attention by the brethren of that lodge. 
After the matter was carefully laid before these brethren, a 
vote was taken, which was almost unanimous in favor of the 
resolution. Considerable satisfaction was manifested by the 
brethren throughout my district at the result of our mission. 

Visiting lodges, both in the capacity of D.D.G.M. and other- 
wise, I have had ample occasion of seeing Grand Honors de- 
monstrated ; and almost in every iustance, even when led by 
advanced members of the Craft, the display w r as by no means 
ci*editable. That individuals of lodges may no longer have any 


excuse, I would suggest that this Grand Lodge of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario, clearly embody the proper method in 
its book of Constitution at an early date. I am quite satisfied 
that this state of affairs does not exist exclusively in the Ot- 
tawa District, but all over Canada. What I claim, therefore, 
-will be of great and everlasting benefit to the brethren of the 
jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge. 

I granted dispensations to the brethren of the following 
lodges, to attend divine service, clothed as Masons: 

Goodwood Lodge, No. 159, Richmond West^ Sunday, Aug. 
28th, 1892, and, again, Sunday. June 4th, 1893. The offer- 
tory at latter service was for Old Men's Hume, at Ottawa. 

Mississippi Lodge, No. 147, Almonte, Nov. 13th, 1892. 

St John's Lodge, Xo. 63, Carlton Place, June 25th, 1893. 
W. Bro. Rev. Geo. Sexton, D.D.. of New York, officiated. 

Mattawa Lodge, No. 405, June 25th, 1893. R. W. Bro., 
the Venerable Archdeacon W. Y. Daykin, L.L.B., of Provincial 
Grand Lodge, of Devon, England, conducted the service, and 
preached a very learned discourse, winch the brethren are hav- 
ing published as a mark of appreciation. 

I also granted dispensations to install officers of Goodw I 

Lodge, on March 1st, 1893, and Plantagenet Lodge. No. I 86, 
Jan 30th, 1893. 

The Secretary of Renfrew Lodge, No. 122. applied to the 
Grand Secretary, and not to me, for dispensation to attend 
divine service, clothed as Masons, on Sunday, June 25th, 
and dispensation was granted. 

The following codes of by-laws were submitted by me to the 
M. W., the Grand Master, for his confirmation : Dalhousie 
Lodge, No. 52, Ottawa: Plantagenet Lodge, No. ^86; St. 
John's Lodge, No. 63, Carlton Place I also submitted an 
amended portion of the by-law- of Goodwood Lodge, No. !59. 
Richmond West, to the Grand Master for his approval. 

It is with feelings of satisfaction and gratitude that the 
brethren of this district hail the advent of Grand Lodge 
in their midst this year. Ottawa, our beloved capital, the 
choice of our gracious Sovereign for the seat of a confederate 
government, the home of the Royal Society of Canada, the 
climax of all that is beautiful, welcomes you to her hearth. 
May the sojourn of our visiting brethren be as pleasant and 
beneficial to them as we as sure it will be to us. 

In behalf of the district which I have the honor to repre- 
sent. I am pleased to be able to add my testimony to the wis- 
dom of Grand Lodye in the selection of our distinguished bro- 



ther, W. R. White, Q.C., to the deputyship of the highest gift 
of the Craft. All those who have the privilege of an intimate 
acquaintance with him must own that he is eminently quali- 
fied for the position, and that he will not detract from the 
lustre of his already brilliant associates in the East of Grand 

During the past year, "Death, great proprietor of all," has 
been closing accounts with a few of our brethren. 

'• We must all die, and not the old alone, 
Tke young have no exemption from that doom." 

Looking over the names of flhose who have passed into that 
" Eternity, whose end no eye can reach," there are some who 
had exceeded the " threescore years and ten " allotted to 
man, while others had merely reached their majority when 
the grim " King of Terrors " seized them for his own. There 
is, however, an immense satisfaction in knowing that they 
lived as Masons should live, aaid believed 

* That when the soul uncloth'd 
Shall from the body fly, 
'Twill animate a purer frame 
With life that cannot die. 

The list of deceased brethren is as follows : 



Ar. J LeHeup 
Jno H. Bothwell 

David Wilson 

Joseph Bond . . 
John Wallace. . . 
Thos. S. Turner. 

John Smillie I 40 

John McRae S7 



Mattawa Mattawa, 405 . . 

Lanark Evergreen, 209. 

Ottawa jBuilders, 177 . 

Lanark Evergreen, 209 . 

Renfrew Renfrew, 122 . 

Carleton Place ..St. John's, 03 . . 

Ottawa Fidelity, 2:1... 

Renfrew Renfrew, 132 .. 


Date of Death. 

M. M 

30th Sept., '92. 

P.D.I) G.M.. 

12th Nov., '9?. 

P M ... . 

ind Dec , '92 


7th Dec , '9?. 


20th Mar., '93. 

M. M 

0th April, '93. 

M. M 

loth May, '.».;. 

M. M 

10th May, '9?. 

Regarding the death of our late Bro. Bothwell, an Ottawa 
paper had the following : — 

" From the time he was made a Mason in Evergreen Lodge, 
No. 209, Lanark, Mr. Bothwell, in his daily life and conduct, 
exemplified the grand principles upon which Masonry is found- 
ed, viz., brotherly-love, relief and truth. The deceased was 
W. M. of Evergreen Lodge for four consecutive years — an al- 
most unprecedented honor in the Craft, and in 1890, was 
chosen by the brethren of this district to the important posi- 
tion of District Deputy Grand Master, which office he tilled 
with satisfaction." 

Bro. LeHeup, a bright young i'ellow, was the first candidate 
initiated in the beautifully equipped lodge at Mattawa, 
and was the first to be buried therefrom. His remains weie 


conveyed to Kingston for interment, where they were met by 
M. W. Bro. R. T. Walkern, Q.C., and other prominent mem 
bers of the Craft. The kindness and attention extended to 
the accompanying brethren are worthy of record. 

Installing the officers of my mother lodge, No. 128, Pem- 
broke, on the Festival of St. John the Evangelist, was one i if 
the proudest occupations of my life. There was a large num- 
ber of brethren present to witness the ceremony. 

I also derived considerable pleasure installing the officers of 
Plantagenet Lodge, Xo. 186, on 30th January, and Good- 
wood Lodge, Xo. 159, on 1st March, 1893. 

( )n the occasion of my visit to ' The Builders' ' Lodge, Xo. 
177, I was requested to instal its officers, it being their regular 
night of installation, but, owing to a severe head-ache, and 
fatigue of several days' travel, I had to leave that duty in 
more experienced hands, viz., R.W. Bros. Taylor and Rea. 

On the 20th June, 1893, in the presence of a fairly well- 
tilled lodge, I installed the officers of the Lodge of Fidelity, 
Xo. 231. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Rt. Wor. Bro. 
James Greenfield, of Toronto, in a neat address, gave the Mas- 
ter and wardens and brethren some excellent advice. 

The brethren of Pembroke Lodge, Xo 128, after the instal- 
lation of their officers on the festival of St. John the Evange- 
list, with their families, enjoyed a most social evening. The 
programme was a most variable one, consisting of vocal and 
instrumental music, readings and recitations ; and, in an ad- 
joining hall, the young and more elastic, for an hour or two, 
tripped the mazy waltz to excellent music, rounding the even- 
ing at an elaborately spread table of delicacies. 

The greatest, and probably the most notable reunion in the 
Ottawa District was on the 10th Feb., on the occasion of the 
fraternal visit of a large number of Ogdensburg brethren to 
The Builders' Lodge, Xo. 177, Ottawa. For the benefit of their 
Canadian brethren, the Xew York Craftsmen exemplified the 
third degree, which was splendidly rendered. At the con- 
clusion of the work, the visiting brethren were royally ban- 
queted in St. James' Hall, W. Bro. Fred. Cook, the W.M. of 
the Builders', presiding in a masterly style. Rev. Bro. Hatch. 
of Ogdensburgh, representing the Grand Lodge of Xew 
York, responding to the " toast," delivered the speech 
<jf the evening. Referring to the blending of the Union Jack 
with the Stars and Stripes, which formed part of the decora- 
tions of the banquet hall, he said, "it was a marriage of the 
flags, symbolical of the fact that the hearts of Freemasons beat 


as one the wide world over in all that was true and noble.'' 
To the toast of " Sister Grand Lodges," eloquent responses 
were elicited from R. W. Bros. E. B. Eddy, W. A. Williams, 
and C.'P. Franchet, of the Grand Lodge of Quebec ; R. W. 
Bro. Flint, M.P., of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia ; M.W; 
Bro. John Yeo, M.P., Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge 
of Prince Edward Island ; and Wor. Bro. Garrioch, represent- 
ing the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. Other distinguished 
brethren delivered fluent addresses, among whom were R. W. 
Bro. Percival, of Smith's Falls, and Bro. Sir James Grant, 
M.D., of Ottawa. Thoughl was disappointed in not being pre- 
sent, I am credibly informed the district, and our own Grand 
Lodge, were well represented (and, I am sure, much better 
than I could hope to) by Past District Deputies Butterworth, 
Church and Rea. 

On the 13th April, Mattawa Lodge had an " Inauguration 
Anniversary,'' which was a decided success, so much so that 
the brethren will endeavor to make it an annual event. 

The little unpleasantness between the Library and Hall 
Committees referred to by my predecessor, R.W. Bro. G. S. 
Macfarlane, I am charmed to say has disappeared, and noth- 
ing but the greatest harmony prevails. The brethren of the 
several lodges of the City of Ottawa have now a library of 
which they may proudly boast. It is replete with the choic- 
est volumes of Masonic history. A large sum of money has 
been well expended in re-binding Grand Lodge reports, periodi- 
cals, etc., etc. In support of the library, a small tax (10c.) is 
levied against each brother ; but thanks are due to many city 
brethren for valuable donations of books thereto. Bros. H. 
H. Cairns and W. G. S. Reynolds, for their indefatigable labor 
and zeal, in aid of the scheme, have the deservedly merited en- 
comiums of their brethren. 

The lodges at Mattawa and Lanark, have also small libraries. 
They have no capitation-tax, but are wholly dependent upon 
the generosity of their brethren. Such projects cannot fail 
to receive the commendation of Grand Lodge. 

Praiseworthy as these libraries undoubtedly are, I would be 
equally pleased to see a Reading-room in connection with 
each lodge, where brethren might go to peruse all the best 
daily papers. Besides the advantage of reading all the best 
thought in the world, the brethren would be otherwise obvious- 
ly benefited. 

I have met the worshipful masters of the various lodges, with 
the exception of W. Bro. Close, of Prince of Wales Lodge, 



Ottawa ; and I must say, in their favor, generally, that they 
are an excellent and cultured body of men, and fully compet- 
ent to govern a lodge. I have seen and heard most of them 
in the discharge of their duties ; and the work done was high- 
ly creditable, not only to themselves, but to the lodges over 
which they preside. 

When I visited St. John's Lodge, No. 21a, Vankleek Hill, 
it was early in their Masonic year, and shortly after the W.M., 
Bro. S. R. Morrison, was installed. A third degree was to be 
conferred ; W. Bro. Morrison informed me that whilst he felt 
certain of the 1st and 2nd degrees, he would not undertake 
the 3rd. V.W. Bro. Marsden conferred the degree, but not 
literally after the work prescribed by this Grand Lodge. I . 
pointed out to them how it might be remedied, and hoped that 
their progress would be visible, and that my successor would 
be able to give a good record of the work done. These breth- 
ren, as reported by my predecessor, are still meeting in the 
lodge-room of another society, contrary to our constitution. 
•J udging from the prosperous aspect of the little town, and the 
number of affluent members in the lodge, it remains a mystery 
to me why there seems to be so little advancement. 

I have not been able to visit Evergreen Lodge, No. 209, 
Lanark, since December; and as W. Bro. David Maclaren was 
subsequently elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death 
of R.W. Bro. Bothwell, I cannot say how he conducts his 
lodge. On the strength of a letter, however, from W. Bro. 
W. A. Field, the devoted Secretary of the lodge, I am led to 
believe that W. Bro. Maclaren (who held the Senior Warden- 
ship four years), will be a success as W.M. of his lodge, and 
that there has been a marked improvement since my visit, and 
that notwithstanding the low ebb which the lodge reached, 
there is a determination among the brethren to keep it Ever- 
green. The return shows an increase of six per cent, in the 
attendance of the members ; and the arrearage in dues has very 
considerably decreased. 

On the occasion of my visit to Plantagenet Lodge, I did not 
have an opportunity of seeing W. Bro. Franklin exemplifiy 
any work, the time being otherwise wholly taken up. If ap- 
pearances, and the easy address of a brother count for any- 
thino', the brethren of Plantagenet have made a good selection 
of a Master to succeed W. Bro. John Smith, whose enthusi- 
asm for the Craft has kept it alive under very trying circum- 
stances. As this lodge is situated in a densely populated 
French settlement, it has to draw its material from long dis- 


tanees. Till the Ottawa and Vaudreuil Railway passes 
through the little village, a material change is not to be ex- 
pected. The few brethren there deserve considerable sympa- 
thy and adulation for their tenacious adherence to their little 

Goodwood Lodge, No. 159, Richmond West, though some 
time ago threatened with decline, will, I think, see more 
palmy days. The officers, and some of the members, come a 
long distance, which is not very pleasurable at some seasons ; 
and their devotion is worthy of the greatest admiration. Be- 
sides a few professional gentlemen, the membership consists of 
a high class of wealthy husbandmen. Their immediate Past 
Master, W. Bro. James McElroy, deserves some recognition 
by the Craft, for yeai's of patient toil in behalf of his lodge. 

One of the most successful lodges in the district is St. 
John's Lodge, No. 63, Carleton Place. They have a large 
membership, and the attendance is very good ; but like all the 
others, they have a big account of arrears. The percentage 
of membership in arrears over twelve months is twenty-one. 
They have a lodge and building almost entirely their own pro- 
perty. The class of material received into their lodge is, as 
far as I can judge, of the highest oi'der. It is worthy of note 
(and the brethren of many lodges might copy their example), 
that they receive their visitors royally. The evening I was 
there, a brother from a foreign jurisdiction was present. On 
the following day, he assured me the St John's brethren did 
their duty by him, and made him feel glad of the relationship. 

Madawaska Lodge, Arnprior, reported as being weak a few 
years ago, is now in a perfectly solvent and healthy condi- 
tion. An excellent staff of officers rule the lodge. The W. 
M., W. Bro. Armon Burwash, fills his position with grace. 
The prosperity of the lodge, all admit, is the result of the un- 
ceasing application of Y. W. Bro. Hood. R. W. Bro. Dr. 
Cranston, P.D.D.G.M., was among the members present. 

It will be gratifying to many, to hear that the Renfrew 
brethren are taking steps to secure new premises. Their lodge 
is by far too cramped ; and the approach may be likened to a 
labyrinth. Unless escorted by a familiar brother, a visitor 
would never find his way in or out of the lodge. This lodge 
is a very prosperous one. The W. M., W. Bro. Mackay, jr., 
does excellent work— with a little experience, gained by visit- 
ing other lodges, he will become a jewel in the Craft. 

The brethren of Mississippi Lodge, Almonte, are, in a meas- 
ure, groping in darkness. With all the facilities they have 


for lighting their lodge, they still cling to the primitive tallow 
candle. Freemasonry being a progressive science, it should he 
exhibited in this way as well as in others. Their veteran 
Secretary, W. Bro. A. Pollock, is a model of promptness in so 
far as communications are concerned. Almonte is the domicile 
of a P.D.D.G.M., but without assigning any reason therefor, 
I am sorry to learn, he rarely brightens the lodge and encour- 
ages the younger Craftsmen by his presence. 

" A judge cannot be a witness in his own cause," so it is 
difficult for me to report upon the lodge of my adoption — 
Mattawa — and in behalf of which I have labored a great deal. 
This lodge is one of the most beautifully furnished in the Do- 
minion, but animosity is the " worm i' the bud.'" The officers 
and brethren are an intelligent lot ; still, sympathy and har- 
mony among them do not exist. The W.M., Wor. Bro. 
John DeSousa, is an excellent worker and an accomplished 
gentleman. W. Bro. John McCracken is an old, yet active 
member of the lodge. He might fitly be called the " Grand 
Old Man " in Freemasonry in the Upper Ottawa. 

Beyond the general remarks contained in this report, I have 
only a few words of advice to offer to the W.M.'s : To make 
your lodges successful, be punctual ; do not delay opening your 
lodge. Dispatch your work with alacrity : avoid protracted 
discussions, being courteous and sympathetic to all; keep in 
close communication with your Secretary, who is next to you 
in point of importance in the lodge. Visit as many other 
lodges as you can. To qualify your subordinates for the posi- 
tion you hold, give them portions of a degree to confer ; it will 
stimulate them with nobler and loftier aspirations. Induce 
brethren to read short essays on some subject or other. Fol- 
lowing these suggestions, you will speedily find your attend- 
ance increase, and the brethren take a more lively interest in 
their lodges, and the general welfare of mankind. 

On several occasions I received encouragement and wise 
counsel from R. W. Bros. W. R. White, D.G.M., David 
Taylor, William Rea, and G. S. Macfarlane— all P. D. D. G. 
M.'s, and also from V.W. Bros. A. Hood, and R. W. Kenning. 
Their experience in matters relative to the Craft, especially in 
the 16th District, has been profitable to me. I am pleased to 
acknowledge here their kindnesses ; and I trust they may long 
be spared to continue their good work. The assistance of my 
District Secretary, Bro. Lewis MacNamara, I also gratefully 

I regret very much that I am unable to show a statistical 


table of " work done, "etc., throughout my district, owing to the 
fact that the following lodges have not returned to me the form 
furnished by Grand Lodge for that purpose : Dalhousie, 
Doric, Fidelity, and Chaudiere (Ottawa) ; Mattawa, Good 
wood (Richmond) ; St. John's (Vankleek Hill). Besides that, 
most of the forms received are erroneously made out. There 
cannot be an increase and decrease in the same lodge in the 
same year. I know, too, that there is some miscalculation in 
the averages of attendance. It seems to me that visiting 
brethren have been included in the average of attending mem- 

I find that, on an average, about 25 o of the membership 
of all the lodges are in arrears in their dues, the lowest being 
Renfrew and Mississippi (Almonte), and the highest, Pem- 
broke, which has 47 , with an arrearage account of $325.50. 

This must certainly show that the brethren of Pembroke 
are very remiss in their duty, and hold the clause in their 
By-laws, relating to unpaid dues, as a dead letter. Pembroke 
Lodge being the highest in the scale, I have taken that lodge 
as an example, but what I have stated may be fitly applied to 
all the others. 

The question of arrearages is one that has vexed more than one 
lodge. In my humble opinion, the only way out of the diffi- 
culty is for each lodge to enact by-laws making it obligatory 
on brethren to pay their fees, monthly or annually, in advance; 
and, in default of three months' dues, after being duly notified, 
their names to be struck off the roll of membership, and the 
Grand Secretary, D.D.G.M., and all the lodges in the district, 
apprised of the action. I am informed of a case in one of the 
city lodges (I forget which), where a brother remained in ar- 
rears for twelve years or more. Such an instance as this, 
apart from the principle involved, is simply absurd, particular- 
ly when the lodge has to pay for such delinquents (G. L., 
local Board of Relief, and Library) fees equal to eighty-five 
cents each per annum. 

Feeling convinced that a D.D.G.M. cannot, in one year, ad- 
equately do justice either to himself or the district, I trust the 
brethren, for the future, will select a thoroughly competent 
brother to fill the office, and allow him to have at least a two- 
years tenure thereof. 

As a souvenir, and to carry out a suggestion made to me, 
I have presented each lodge in my district with a large photo- 
graph of myself, as D.D.G.M. The idea, I think, is a good 
one, and, I trust, all those who have preceded, me, as well as 


those who will follow, will likewise act on the suggestion. 
" Forsan et hcec olim meminisse juvabit." 

In conclusion, I desire to thank my brethren for the cour- 
tesy and attention shown to me everywhere. While I have 
reason to be delighted over my election to the highest office in 
the district, and while I am proud of the confidence reposed in 
me, I feel that I have not carried out the plan I formulated, 
nor followed the promptings of my own heart ; yet the circum- 
stances that prevented me are known to many, and are, I 
trust, adequate to arouse the tenderness and forgiveness of 
the most exacting brethren. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 


Ottawa District, No. 1 6. 



To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

I have the honor to submit the following account of my pro- 
ceedings as District Deputy Grand Master of Algoma District 
(No. 17), and of the state of Masonry in my district. 


My first official act, after entering on my duties, was to ap- 
point W. Bro. Rev. J. Irvine, of Keystone Lodge, No. -All!, 
District Chaplain, and Bro. T H Elliott, of the same lodge, 
District Secretary. I duly notified the different lodges in my 
district of these appointments, and also called their attention 
to parts of the constitution I feared might be overlooked by 
some of the officers, at the same time urging upon their atten- 
tion matters that I considered of vital importance to the wel- 
fare of the Craft in the district. I have visited all the lodges 
in my district, and find that on the whole the prospects of 
Masonry are bright. I must thank the officers of the different 
lodges for the assistance they have given me in performing my 
duties, and for their response to my requests during my term 
of office, which, with a few exceptions, have been hearty and 
prompt, and I feel that any neglect the officers have been 
guilty of in this respect has been through carelessness and not 
from any improper motive. I would, however, urge on the 
different officers the necessity, in a district like this where the 
lodges are so far apart, and the time occupied in getting a re- 
port so long, of a prompt response to all requests and demands 
made by the proper authorities. 


Keystone Lodge, No. 412, Sault Ste. Marie : I paid my first 
official visit to this, my mother lodge, on the 8th of February, 
1892. The lodge was opened and closed in all three degrees, 
and the second degree exemplified in a creditable manner ; the 
only thing that marred in the slightest the almost perfect 
working of the degree was the absence of both the deacons, 
which compelled the W. M. to fill their places with members 
not fully acquainted with the work. The attendance of mem- 
bers was good, and I had also the pleasure of meeting a large 
number of American brethren from the jurisdiction of the 
Grand Lodge of Michigan, among whom were a number of 


past and present Grand Lodge officers, whose remarks were 
much appreciated by myself and the other members of the 
lodge. I visited this lodge officially again on Monday, the 
19th of June, 1893, when the first and third degrees were 
conferred in an admirable manner, all the officers doing their 
work well, and it would in fact be hard to excel the work 
done by the present officers of Keystone Lodge. There is a lot 
of good material presenting itself to this lodge; the number of 
members in attendance at the meetings, and their interest in 
the work generally is increasing, and the prospects of this 
lodge in every respect are the brightest. The brethren have 
latelv expended a large amount of money in fitting up their 
lodge room, and have now the best furnished lodge room in 
the district. The books of the Secretary and Treasurer are 
complete and well kept in every particular. 

Fort AYilliarn Lodge, No. 415, Fort William : I visited this 
lodge on the night of their regular meeting, March 29th, 1893. 
The lodge was opened and closed in all three degrees, and two 
candidates were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, 
and although some parts of the ceremony were not so impres- 
sive as they might have been, I think this was due to ner- 
vousness on the part of the W. M., and the work generally 
was well and correctly done. There was a large attendance 
of members, and both the officers and members seemed enthu- 
siastic. If the brethren of this lodge exercise proper care in 
the admission of new members, and never fail or neglect to 
display at all times the true principles of Masonry and 
brotherly love in their dealings with each other and their 
fellow-men, there is no reason why this lodge should not have 
a very prosperous future before it. The books of the lodge 
are neatly kept, but are incomplete. I, however, received the 
assurance of the Secretary that a complete set would at once 
be procured. 

Pequonga Lodge, No. 414, Rat Portage : I visited this lodge 
on Friday evening, March 31st, at an emergent meeting kindly 
called for my accommodation, when the lodge was opened and 
closed in all three degrees, and the first degree exemplified in a 
fair manner. The W. M. was not as well acquainted with the 
work as I would have liked, but that was owing, no doubt to 
some extent, to want of practice, as, up to the time of my visit, 
only one candidate had been initiated since the installation of 
the present W. M. This lodge is in a good condition, finan- 
cially, and has a large membership, all of whom I found, at 
heart, good and enthusiastic Masons, but they have not of late 


been taking the interest in their lodge that they should. I think, 
however, a greater interest in Masonry is now being awakened, 
and that this lodge will soon be able to take its place in the 
front rank of the lodges in the district On the night of my 
visit there was a large attendance of members and visitors, and 
the gathering was particularly marked by the number of Past 
Masters present. I spent a very happy evening with the 
brethren of this lodge, and I shall long remembsr my visit to 
Pequonga Lodge, and the kindness shown me by the brethren 
while in their town The books of the Secretary and Trea- 
surer are complete, and are models of neatness. 

Keewatin Lodge, No. 417, Keewatin : I visited this lodge, 
accompanied by R. W. Bro. Ferguson, a Past D.D.G.M. of this 
district, and a number of other members of Pequonga Lodge, 
on the evening of April 1st, 1893, when an emergent meeting 
had been called at my request. The W. M., W. Bro Mather, 
was unavoidably absent from home, but I learned that he was 
well skilled in the work and able to work all the degrees in 
an efficient manner. In the absence of the W. M., his place 
was ably filled by the I.P.M., W. Bro. Robertson The lodge 
was opened and closed in the three degrees, and a candidate 
initiated in such a way as to satisfy me with the manner in 
which the work is done in this lodge. There was a good at- 
tendance of members and visitors, filling their handsome lodge- 
room, and manifesting the deep interest taken by the brethren 
in this part of the district in Masonry. The prospects of this 
lodge are bright. The books of the lodge are the most com- 
plete in the district, and are kept in a perfect manner. 

iShuniah Lodge, No. 287, Port Arthur : I visited this lodge 
on the night of their regular meeting, April 4th, 1893, and it 
is needless to say that I found this lodge, which has long been 
the banner lodge of the district, as well as, with one excep- 
tion, the home of all my predecessors, in a flourishing condi- 
tion. The skill of the W. M., R. W. Bro. Fraser, Past D D. 
G. M., is a household word with the Craft throughout the dis- 
trict, and although he was absent from home on my visit, his 
place was admirably filled by W. Bro. Demuth, I. P.M. The 
attendance of the members of this lodge is good, the financial 
condition excellent, and in every respect the lodge is in a first- 
class condition The books of this lodge are well kept, but are 
of a very imperfect and incomplete kind ; this I expect, how- 
ever, has been remedied before now. I must express my thanks 
for the kindness shown to me during my stay in Port Arthur, 
by R. W. Bro. Dobie,' my predecessor in office, and by all tlie 


brethren of Shuniah Lodge. T would, indeed, lie very ungrate- 
ful if I did not appreciate highly the kindness shown to me by 
all the officers and brethren of the different lodges when on my 
tour of official visits through the district. 


All the lodges in the district, except Keystone, have a large 
amount of dues in arrears, and for this, in my opinion, there 
is no excuse. In most cases, those in arrears are members who 
can well afford to pay their dues, and it is simply through 
carelessness or neglect that they have not done so. I am con- 
fident, if the officers of the different lodges impartially, but 
firmly, carried out the provisions of the constitution in this re- 
spect, this evil would be remedied, nnd less trouble and fric- 
tion caused than when members are allowed to go for years 
without paying their just debts to their lodge. 


I have granted the following dispensations to attend Divine 
service clothed as Masons, viz.: Shuniah, 287, on January 1st 
and June 25th, 1893, and Pequonga Lodge, 414, on January 
1st and June 25th, 1893. 


I do not wish to take up time in going over this ground that 
has so often been covered before, but it is a matter of no small 
Importance in this district, where aD.D.G.M. has to travel, as 
I have done, over 2,000 miles, to visit each lodge in his dis- 
trict once, and I would express my strong approval of the re- 
marks made by the Committee on the Condition of Masonry 
in their report on this subject last year. 


No deaths have been reported to me during the year, but I 
notice by the return just received from Shuniah Lodge, that 
one brother from that lodge has been called way. This was 
the first intimation I had, however, that the Craft in this dis- 
trict had suffered by death. 


I regret that owing to the failure of one lodge to furnish me 
the necessary information, although the Secretary has been 
requested twice so to do, I am unable to furnish complete 
tabulated statements, but submit herewith a table shewing 
work done in the lodges from which I have been able to get 


In conclusion, I am pleased to report that with but trifling 
exceptions, the greatest harmony exists throughout the district, 
not only between the different lodges, but between the mem- 
bers of each lodge, and no complaints or differences have been 
submitted to me for settlement during my tei'm of office. All 
the lodges have comfortable and well-furnished places to meet 
in, and the furniture of every lodge is insured. There are no 
weak lodges in the district, and I am confident a bright future 
awaits the Craft in this western part of the jurisdiction. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. H. Hearst, D.D.G.M., 

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To the Most Worslwpfvl the Grand Master, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Canada, 

in the Province of Ontario: 
Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren : 

As required by the constitution, I have the honor to present 
the following report on the condition of Masonry in the 
Eighteenth Masonic District. 

I desire first to thank the brethren of this district, for hav- 
ing done me the high honor of electing me their first D.D.G.M., 
and also for the kind manner in which I have been received 
by them on my official visits. 

My first official act after my election, was to appoint W. 
Bro. James Wbitten, W.M. of Muskoka Lodge, No. 360, Dis- 
trict Secretary, to whom I have to express my thanks for the 
faithful discharge of the duties of his office. 

The general condition of Masonry is satisfactory in this 
district, all the lodges with one exception being conducted in 
a business-like manner, having suitable rooms and the necessary 

I officially visited all the lodges in the district except Mus- 
koka Lodge, Nu 360, at Bracebridge. As I attended the 
stated meetings of this lodge during the year as a private 
member, I am enabled to say that the W.M. and officers are 
looking after its affairs properly, and the work is done in a 
workman-like manner. This lodge has forty members. Assets 
$753.92, and liabilities $95.17, as per last official report. The 
one-half of these liabilities have since been paid off. This is 
a conservative lodge, and adheres to the rule laid down at its 
formation viz., to make Masons not members. 

Although this district is composed of only seven lodges, I 
have been compelled to travel nine hundred and eighty one 
(981) miles to visit six of them. 

Nickel Lodge, No. 427, Sudbury : As directed by the 
Most Worshipful the Grand Master, I visited this lodge on 
the 2nd day of November 1892, delivered to them their War- 
rant of Constitution, constituted and dedicated the lodge, and 
installed and invested the officers, in which duties I was as- 
sisted by R.W. Bro. W. H. Hearst, D.D.G.M., Algoma Dis- 
trict ; W. Bro. James Sharpe, of Ionic Lodge, No. 229, G.R.C., 
and W. Bro. Chas. Douglas, of Hope Lodge, No. 335, G.R. of 
Ireland. This is a model lodge throughout, viz., in officers, 
furniture, and general appointments. The W.M. exemplified 


the first degree, ably assisted by his officers. From the 
manner in which it was done, I am satisfied as a worker he is 
second to none. Its Secretary, Rev. Bro. S. Rondeau, keeps 
the model minute book of the district. There were thirty-six 
members present on my visit. This lodge omitted to make the 
half-yearly return in June, 1892. Carries $350.00 insurance. 
Unity Lodge, No. 376, Hunts ville : I visited this lodge on 
the 30th November, 1892, the night of the election of their 
officers. This lodge has improved very much of late years, 
which I am led to believe is partially due to the residence of 
W. Bro. Sacred, among the Huntsville brethren. The lodge 
is pi*osperous, has a suitable lodge-room and properly furnished. 
The ante-rooms are not what they should be, especially the 
smaller one. This room should not be used as a store room for 
coal oil cans, wood, etc. The out-going W.M. and officers ex- 
emplified the third degree in a creditable manner, and from 
what I know of the incoming W.M., I believe the lodge will 
be kept up to its present standard. The books are kept fairly 
well. There appears to be a slight friction between the out- 
going secretary and several members over financial matters. 
From the discussion carried on at the meeting, I concluded 
that if the Secretary had done wrong, the lodge was not free 
from blame, owing to the neglect in not having the books au- 
dited at proper intervals. This lodge does not meet promptly 
at the appointed hour. No. of members on roll 48. Average 
attendance 15. Present at my visit, 25. Insurance, $300.00. 
Liabilities, $75. 

Nipissing Lodge, No. 420, North Bay : I visited this lodge 
on the 27th December, 1892, and installed the officers. The 
W. M. and officers of this lodge do their work correctly. The 
furniture and appointments are of the better kind. The ante- 
rooms are too small ; this will be remedied. No. of members, 
83; insurance, 8200; assets, $700; arrears on books, $179. 
The books are properly kept. 

Golden Rule Lodge, No. 409, Gravenhurst : I visited this 
lodge on the 30th January, 1893. The ceremonies of opening 
and closing in the three degrees were exemplified in a correct 
manner. The furniture and appointments of this lodge are 
good ; the books are properly kept. Insurance, $500 ; No. 
of members, 37 ; average attendance, 15. This lodge is very 
irregular in opening at the appointed hour. I noticed that it 
has opened as late as 9.20 p.m. ; this should be rectified by 
the W. M. 

Strong Lodge, No. 423, Sundridge : I visited this lodge on 


the 19th April, 1893. This is the weak lodge of the district, 
and does not appear to have improved on former years. The 
lodge-room and contents of this lodge were destroyed by fire 
on the night of the 3rd April ; fortunately they had 6200 in- 
surance on the same. On my visit the lodge met in a room 
of such an unsuitable nature, that I did not require the W. 
M. to exemplify any of the degrees, and directed that no more 
meetings be held until a suitable room, properly furnished, 
was procured. In opening in the first degree, the W. M. did 
fairly well ; the other officers are not properly posted. I am 
satisfied that material has been accepted by this lodge which 
should have been rejected. I am also satisfied that the moneys 
of this lodge have not been properly used. With 35 members 
on the roll, all dues paid up, the low rent paid for the hall 
($20 per annum), the class of furniture they had, and about 
three and a half years in existence, there ought to be more 
than 839 in the Treasury, exclusive of insurance money. This 
lodge does not keep a proper set of books. The minute 
book is fairly well kept. It has no members' roll, nor a pro- 
per Tyler's Register : the members' ledger is a cheap book, 
made of Manilla paper, with a paper cover ; the dates of in- 
itiating, passing and raising of a member are entered on one 
corner of the page of the members' ledger on which his account 
is kept. I directed that a proper set of books be procured at 
once. Prior to my visit to this lodge, a petition was present- 
ed to me asking to have it removed to Burk's Falls. Owing 
to the petition having only one half of the names of the mem- 
bers of the lodge on it, I referred the same to the Most Wor- 
shipful the Grand Master, along with a counter petition. The 
brethren who are opposed to the removal have given strong 
assurances that every effort would be made to place the lodge 
on a proper footing. 

Granite Lodge, Xo. 352, Parry Sound : I visited this lodge 
on the 28th day of May, 1893, and found it in a prosperous 
condition. Xo. of members on roll, 52. The books are pro- 
perly kept ; the room is suitable, and the officers exemplified 
the third degree in a very creditable manner. This is the 
only lodge in the district that owns the building in which it 
meets. The assets over liabilities of this lodge are eighteen 
hundred dollars (61800 ) From statements made to me, I have 
every reason to believe that all the liabilities will be wiped out 
in a very few years. This lodge has the same fault that the 
majority of lodges have, viz., not opening promptly at the ap- 
pointed hour. This lodge has voted 875 for relief, exclusive of 
a grant from Grand Lodge of 625. 


I beg to draw your attention to the lack of uniformity in the 
books used by private lodges, and would respectfully suggest 
that this could be remedied by the Most Worshipful Grand 
Master appointing a committee to design a set of books for the 
use of private lodges : that the Grand Secretary be authorized 
to have the same manufactured in quantities ; that the same be 
supplied to lodges at an advance on cost. Also that all new 
lodges be required to procure a set of the same on formation. 
This would enable lodges to procure books at a reasonable price. 
At present, excessive prices have to be paid owing to one set 
being manufactured at a time, and each lodge furnishing its 
own design. I think uniform books would be of assistance to 
D.D.G M.'s, and enable them to make their inspection more 
c< unplete. 

I granted dispensations to the following lodges, to enable 
the members to attend Divine service clothed as Masons, viz.. 
Nipissing, Lodge, No. 420, North Bay, on 18th day of June, 
and Golden Rule Lodge, No. 409, on 25th day of June, 1893. 

I have annexed a statistical return for the district 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Isaac Huber, D.D.G. M., 

Nipissing District, No. 18 



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R. W. Bio. W. R. White, President of the Board of Gen- 
eral Purposes, presented and read the following 

report : 

The Board recommend that Warrants be granted to Fidelity Lodge, 
Port Perry, Ontario District, No. 12 ; Port Elgin Lodge, Port Elgin, 
North Huron District, No. 5 ; Acacia Lodge, East Toronto, Toronto 
District, No. 11 ; and Moravian Lodge, Eden Grove, North Huron Dis- 
trict, No. .">. 

All the above Lodges have been under dispensation for over a year, 
•with the exception of Moravian Lodge, to which dispensation was 
granted on March 13th of this year. 

The D.D.G. M. 's have, in each instance, certified to the proper equip- 
ment of the lodge rooms, and the ability of the officers to carry on the 
work in an efficient manner. 

In reference to the matter of the removal of Strong Lodge, No. 42.3, 
from Sundridge to Burk's Falls, the Board recommend that no action 
be taken, and that the petitions for and against said removal be filed. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Chairman Sub-Committet on Warrants. 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by V. 
W. Bro. L. Secord, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Board on Warrants be received 
and adopted. 


R. W. Bro. W. R.White, on behalf of the Board, presented 
and read the following 

report : 
The Boai'd beg leave to report ; 

1st. That they have examined the following duly certified accounts 
and recommend the same to the Finance and Audit Committee for 
payment : — 

Howell Litho. Co. (lithographing chequebooks) 8 32 00 

C'3pp, Clark & Co. (certificates), to July, 1893 582 89 

R. Duncan & Co (stationery), to July, 1893 41 65 

Times Printing Co. (circulars, etc.), to July, 1893.... 171 35 

J. Eastwood & Co. (sundries), to July, 1893 30 14 

J. Eastwood & Co. (books for Committee on Benevo- 
lence) 17 25 

Total 6875 28 

2nd. That in accordance wiih instructions from Grand Lodge, an in- 
ventory of the contents of the Grand Secretary's office, including a 
statement in detail of the supplies on hand on July 15th, 1893, has 
been made, and the Board recommend that the same be kept by the 
Grand Secretary for future reference. 


3rd. The Board further recommend that, in future, upon the presen- 
tation of properly certified accounts from the contractor for printing, 
bearing the signatures of the Grand Secretary and the Chairman of the 
Committee on Printing and Supplies, orders be drawn upon the Grand 
Treasurer for an amount not exceeding ninety per cent, of the amount 
certified, the balance to be paid as soon after the succeeding Annual 
Communication of Grand Lodge as circumstances will permit. 

4th. In view of the almost universal desire that larger type than 
that at present be used for the matter termed the "body" of the 
"Grand Lodge Proceedings," and the fact that the specifications sup- 
plied to the printing firms did not ask for estimates for printing the 
" Proceedings in Long Primer and Brevier, the Board recommend that 
the Grand Secretary be requested to revise the specifications in accord- 
ance with this suggestion, and solicit new tenders for the work on the 
lines indicated, for the years 1894, "95, '96. We would further recom- 
mend that during the interim of Grand Lodge, the Chairman of Com- 
mittee on Printing and Supplies, together with R. W. Bros. Hunger- 
ford and Davis, be empowered to award the contract for the printing to 
the lowest bidder, everything else being equal. 

5th. The Board will endeavor to place the different reports of Grand 
Lodge in the hands of the brethren as soon as possible after their sub- 
mission thereto. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Chairman Sub-Committee on Printing and Supplies. 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by 
R. W. Bro. J. S. Dewar, and 

Rtsolred, — That the Report of the Board on Printing and Supplies 
be received and adopted. 

Subsequently the Report of the Board on Printing and Sup- 
plies was re-considered, and its adoption again moved, when it 
was moved in amendment by V. W. Bro. Geo. Tait, seconded 
by W. Bro. T. A. McGillivray, 

That the contract for printing be awarxled to the lowest or- 
iginal tender, subject to such changes in style of type as may 
be desired and upon a similar basis, and that the report so 
amended be adopted. 

The amendment was put to Grand Lodge and declared 

The original motion for the adoption of the Report was then 
put to Grand Lodge, and declared carried. 


R. W. Bro. W. R. White, President of the Board of Gen- 
eral Purposes, presented and read the following 

report : 

The Board, through the Committee on Audit and Finance, have 
audited the books of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, and 
certify to their correctness. 


All moneys secured by the Grand Secretary have been regularly paid 
over to the Grand Treasurer, and the receipt acknowledged b}' that 
officer. Vouchers have been produced for all payments made by the 
Grand Treasurer, as authorized by Grand Lodge. 

The report of the Grand Secretary gives a full statement of the re- 
ceipts from all sources, as well as other business transacted in that 

The Grand Treasurer's report contains the expenditure for the year, 
and shows the different associations in which o\ir investments are 

The Board observe that, in accordance with the resolution made 
last year, the sum of $5,000 has been invested in the Owen Sound, Grey 
& Bruce Loan and Savings Co. 

The total receipts have been $21,522 27 

Expenditure 17,482 03 

Balance §4,040 24 

The receipts last year were 820,359 77, leaving a balance in favor of 
this year of $1,162 50. 

The expenditure last year was 814.345 73, while this year it i» 817,- 
482 03, which is explained by the following payments other than ordi- 
nary : — 

J. B. Nixon, expenses rt Benevolence $ 220 05 

M.W. Bro. J. R. Robertson, expenses two years .. 1,000 00 

Testimonial to M.W. Bro. J. R. Robertson 250 00 

(Both amounts donated by him to Sick Childrens' 
Hospital. ) 

Hunter, Rose & Co (Ceremonies) . . 1,000 00 

Extra Benevolent Grants, 1892 2,371 25 

84,841 30 

The funds of Grand Lodge on 31st May, 1893, were as follow : — 

Huron & Erie Loan & Savings Co, London 815,000 00 

due 1st Jan., '95. 4i '/'. h yearly. 
Canada Permanent Loan & Savings Co. , Toronto. . . 10,000 00 

due 1st Oct., '96. U'/ \ yearly. 
Landed Banking .k Loan Co., Hamilton 5,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '94, 4A°/ C \ yearly. 
Landed Banking & Loan Co., Hamilton 10,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '9(5. 4^ . \ yearly. 
Canada Savings & Loan Co. , London 5,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '94. 4.V\ \ yearly. 
Ontario Loan & Debenture Co., London. 5,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '94. ±\ , .■'. h yearly. 
London Loan Co., London. . . 10,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '94. 5% \ yearly. 
Western Canada Loan & Savings Co. , Toronto .... 10,000 00 

due 1st Nov., '95. 4i°/ c 2 yearly. 
Owen Sound, Grey ifc Bruce Savings Co 5,000 00 

due 1st May, '98. 5"7 2 yearly. 

-75,000 00 
making the investments as follows : — 


In London |35,000 00 

In Hamilton 15,000 00 

In Toronto 20,000 00 

In Owen Sound 5,000 00 

Total $75,000 00 

Balance in Canadian Bank of Commerce 6,589 39 

SSI, 589 39 

which represent the balance at the credit of the following accounts : — 

General Fund 168,407 14 

Asylum Fund 13,182 25 

$81,589 39 

The Board have examined the following accounts, and, finding them 
correct, recommend their payment : 

Committee on Foreign Correspondence $100 00 

G, Secretary, balance of Incidentals to 31 May, 1893, 167 53 

" Advance for Incidentals 500 00 

Subscription to General Masonic Relief Association. . 110 00 
Grants to Benevolence 8,085 00 

The Committee on Printing and Supplies having reported the follow- 
ing accounts, submitted to them from the Committee on Finance, as 
being correct, the Board recommend their payment : 

Copp, Clark & Co., Certificates $582 89 

John Eastwood & Co., stationery, $30.14 and $17.25. . 47 39 

Howell Lithographic Co., cheques 32 00 

Robt. Duncan & Co , stationery 41 05 

Times Printing Co., sundry printing 171 35 

ss75 28 

The Board in reply to the application of the General Committee of 
the Grand Masonic Charity Fair, to be held in Halifax, N.S., soliciting 
a donation to that enterprise, regret that they cannot recommend 
Grand Lodge to make any grant for that purpose, but have no objec- 
tion to the Secretary of the Fair issuing notices respecting the same to 
the lodges in our jurisdiction. 

In reference to the application of Windsor Lodge, No. 403, W T indsor, 
asking that the fee for dispensation paid by them for raising a brother 
within the specified time, said brother having been passed by Doric 
Lodge, 223, on the 14th October, and then raised by Windsor Lodge 
within the prescribed time, the Board cannot recommend any remis- 
sion, as it was clearly the duty of Windsor Lodge to have waited for 
information from Doric Lodge. 

Application is made by St. David's Lodge, Xo. 302, asking to have 
the fee for a new charter remitted, as the old one was destroyed by fire. 
The Board, under the circumstances set forth in the petition, recom- 
mend that the fee be remitted. 

The Board, in view of the fact that payments are requested by the 
Contractors for Grand Lodge Printing from time to time during the 
year, beg to recommend that upon the Certificate of the Grand Secre- 


tary that the work has been done, and the recommendation of the 
Chairman of Printing, the Deputy Grand Master sign said cheques. 

Fraternally submitted, 


Chairman Sub-Committee Audit and Financt 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by R. 
W. Bro. Thomas Sargant, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Board on Audit and Finance be 
received and (subsequently) adopted. 


R. W. Bro. W. R. White, on behalf of the Board, presented 
and read the following 


The Board, through the Committee on Benevolence, beg leave to re- 
port that they have received 279 applications, which- have been dealt 
with as follows, viz. : 

140 applications from private lodges, of which 

132 have been granted, amounting to 83,820 00 

8 have been refused. 
143 applications from Local Boards of Relief, of 

132 have been granted, amounting to 3,430 00 

11 have been refused. 

By special grants of (xrand Lodge — 

To Mrs. Wilson 150 00 

To Miss Mary Wilson 300 00 

To Miss L. M. Harris 75 00 

To Miss M. H. Harris 75 00 

Direct grants to Local Boards of Relief 235 00 

88,085 00 
In 1892 there were — 
160 applications from private lodges, of which 

129 were granted, amounting to 83,830 00 

31 were refused. 

170 applications from Local Boards of Relief, of 

125 were granted, amounting to 2,980 00 

45 were refused. 

Special grants of Grand Lodge to individuals 

were the same as this year 525 00 

Direct grants to Local Boards of Relief 205 00 

87,000 00 

The Board regret that they have still to complain of the unsatisfac- 
tory way in which applications for relief are sent in, in many instances, 
causing unnecessary trouble and delay. 

In the case of Niagara Lodge, No. 2, the application was received 
with all the important questions unanswered. It was sent back for 


amendment, and on its return it was found on examination tbat no 
local aid was given, and that the resolution of the lodge was not 
filled in. 

The following Lodges sent in applications where the applicants were 
not in need, viz. : 

1 from Lodge, No. 11, 

3 " " " 42, 

1 " " " 107, 
3 " " " 123, 

2 " " " 135. 

Applications were received where the relatives were able to support, 

LoTge, No. 129, 1, and 
" 316, 1. 

From Lodges 91 and 139, applications were received for parties not 
living in the Province of Ontario, and in neither case was local aid given. 

The Board regret that no local aid was given by Lodges 42, 04, 225, 
and 249. 

Applications for renewals were not sent in, in four instances, viz. : 
two from Lodge 09 and two from the Toronto Board of Relief. 

The Board are pleased to be able to report that they have been 
obliged to refuse only 19 applications as against 70 in 1892, as the grant- 
ing of aid is the most pleasant duty of the Board. 

The Board would recommend that in future, on the death of a mem 
ber, when it is the intention to make application to Grand Lodge for 
relief to his widow or family, that such application be forwarded to 
the Chairman of the Committee on Benevolence within sixty days after 
such death, or earlier, if possible. 

The Board would further suggest that the second semi-annual pay- 
ment of each new grant be dependent upon the enquiry and favorable 
report of an investigating officer, if such officer is appointed. 

It is a matter of the deepest regret that some lodges have not made 
applicaCon for relief in instances where extreme need has been report- 
ed to the Board but where no action could be taktn. 

In several instances excessive sums have been paid by lodges for 
funerals, and the amounts granted to the surviving families have been 
extremely small, the ability to aid the living being reduced by the 
heavy outlay in providing elaborate funerals for the dead. Your Board 
deplore such misapplication of the benevolent funds of ledges, and re- 
commend that the disposal of those funds be most strictly guarded. 

The Board recommend the relaxation of the rule requiiing the grant- 
ing of local aid, where the beneficiaries have removed from the locality 
of the lodge of which the brother for whom, or on account of whese 
family, the application has been made. 

With regard to an application received through R. W. Bro. V. P. 
Freeman, Prov. G. Secy of Sussex, England, on behalf of the widow of 
a deceased brother who formerly belonged to Colborne Lodge, No. 91, 
and removed to Brighton some years ago, the Board regret their ina- 
bility to comply with the request, as they are not authorized to dis- 
pense aid outside of this jurisdiction. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Wm. Gibson, 
Chairman Sub-Committee on Benevolence. 


It was moved by R. "W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by R. 
W. Bro. William Gibson, and 

Resolved — That the Report of the Board on Benevolence be received 
and (subsequently) adopted. 


R. W. Bro. W, R. White, on behalf of the Board, presented and 
read the following 


The arduous but pleasant task of reviewing the reports of the vari- 
ous District Deputy Grand Masters has again fallen to our lot. The 
members of Krand Lodge have little idea of the time expended in this 
labor of love, although none are simple enough to imagine that the 
two days preceding the opening of Grand Lodge are sufficient for the 
completion of the task. Careful reading and extracting is required in 
order to place before Grand Lodge a concise and intelligent report of 
all matters of importance in the several districts. 

We believe that our reports have been of great benefit not only in 
pointing out to the newly elected District Deputy Grand Masters the 
matters which require immediate and careful attention, but in encourag- 
ing the officers and members of the various lodges throughout the juris- 
diction to put forth greater efforts in the task of building up and mak- 
ing the Craft more powerful in this fair province. We desire to do 
justice to all, and to present for your consideration matters which we 
deem of importance. We are sensible of many omissions and imper- 
fections in our work ; tbis can not be avoided, nor can there be an im- 
provement expected until our requests of former years have been com- 
plied with, and the reports sent to the Grand Secretary on or before 
the fifth day of July in each year. The Constitution is very clear on 
this point, and a strict observance of it is as necessary on the 
part of the D. D. G. M. as of a private member of the Order. We 
do not bring this matter before you in a complaining mood, but 
simply to emphasize the fact that a faithful discharge of duties cannot 
be expected when reports are received two days before the meeting of 
Grand Lodge. An improvement on this line in the future is earnestly 


We have great pleasure in opening our circle to the new District, 
Nipissing, No. IS. Grand Lodge is to be congratulated on the wisdom 
displayed in detaching lodges from the Georgian, Ottawa and Algoma 
Districts, and forming the new District. The report of the D.D.G M. 
shows decided improvement in the lodges, with a bright prospect for 
future usefulness. 

For the last few years it has been the boast of Grand Lodge that its 
District D. G. M. 's were an efficient and painstaking band of officers 
whose devotion to duty and the requirements of the Constitution earn- 
ed for them well deserved congratulations. The good work done and 
the example set by these brethren have not been wanting in results. It 
is gratifying to again record that Grand Lodge has every reason to be 
proud of the brethren who have had charge of the districts duriDg the 
year. A more careful, efficient, and painstaking body of men cannot 
be found in any Grand Lodge. They appear to have been imbued with 


a keen sense of duty, and notbiDg has been left undone that might 
possibly prove beneficial to the lodges and members. The reports are 
worthy of careful study ; they contain advice and suggestions that will 
be beneficial not only to Grand Lodge but to the Craft in general. 

In the 18 districts we have 348 lodges, with a membership of over 
22,000 Masons in good standing. These lodges are distributed over 
the cities, towns and villages of the Province, and a great number of 
them can only be reached by driving over id-conditioned roads. These 
circumstances, together with personal business sacrifices on the part of 
each D.D.G.M., in his desire to faithfully perform his duty, must be 
considered in order to appreciate the work of these brethren. The 
thanks of Grand Lodge are tendered to them, and may their conduct 
be an example to all future officers. We find that all the lodges, with 
the exception of four, in South Huron, have been visited once, while the 
D.D G.M's. of the St. Clair, London, Toronto, Frontenac and St. Law- 
rence Districts, have made two and three official visits to several of 
their lodges. With regard to South Huron, business engagements of a 
pressing nature, together with illness, prevented the D.D.G.M. fiom 
visiting the four lodges on the regular nights of meeting. Subsequently 
he endeavored, but without success, to have emergent meetings called 
in order to complete his visits. The above grand record of visits is very 
gratifying, and the result is shown in the marked increase in our num- 
bers, and in the decided improvement in the standing of several lodges 
reported weak and retrograding in former years. 

We are well aware of the numerous duties imposed on the D. I). G. M's. , 
and the distances to be travelled in order to complete their tour of 
visits, but it will not be out of place to offer suggestions, which, if 
acted upon, must produce favorable results. To our minds the success 
of the Craft is in keeping of the Grand Master's representatives. They 
should keep in continuous touch with all the lodges. As they set the 
example, so will the various officers copy them. The act of visiting a 
lodge unattended with good counsel, encouragement and assistance, 
will be barren of rf suits. Keep in constant communication with the 
Masters and Secretaries ; you will thereby be enabled to ascertain the 
progress they are making, and spur them to greater activity where 
found necessary. Let it be your aim to bring each lodge to a state of 
perfection, even if you have to make two or three visits, rather than 
report the unsatisfactory state of affairs at first found by you. You 
will thereby eudear yourselves to the Craft of your respective districts, 
and your efforts will be appreciated by Grand Lodge. We have no fault 
to find with your conscientious, honest work of the year, but consider 
it our duty to point out a course of Action which will produce more 
gratifying results. In this respect the actions of various D. D. G. M's. 
are commendable, particularly so in Toronto, Hamilton and Georgian 
Districts. Lodges in Toronto and Georgian Districts reported against 
last year have, by the constant attention of the D.D. G.M's.. been 
placed on the road to prosperity. The anxiety of the Hamilton rejjre 
sentative to be in a position to report no weak lodge in his district is 
worthy of more than a passing notice. The members of a lodge took 
so little interest in its affairs that the surrender of the warrant was in 
contemplanation. The D.D.G.M., accompanied by prominent breth- 
ren, visited them twice, and by argument and entreaty endeavored to 
overcome the depression of the members. When this bad not the de- 
sired effect he called a general meeting of all members of the Craft in 
the neighborhood, with the result that prosperity was assured. On 


his last visit there were two candidates for initiation, and members who 
had been suspended for non payment of dues have signified their inten- 
tion to place themselves in good standing, and work iu the interests of 
the lodge. So much for a zealous officer, who is jealous of the honor, 
and reputation of his district. 

It is, however, to be regretted that the great majority of the D. D. 
G.M.'s have not furnished us with the tabulated statements, which on 
our instructions were furnished them by the Grand Secretary. The 
statements, if completed in every particular, would not only have 
lightened our labors, but would have enabled us to inform Grand Lodge 
of our numerical strength, together with the gains and losses for the 
year. Under the present system, it is impossible to give this infor- 
mation. Year after year we have only been able to give you an esti- 
mate of our standing, as same could not be correctly ascertained on ac- 
count of a great number of the lodges sending in returns up to the 
month of December preceding Grand Lodge. We consider it of great 
importance to give exact information to the members of the Grand' 
Lodge at the Annual Communication, and will request the Grand Secre- 
tary to notify all D.D. G.M.'s that statements must be completed in 
every particular, and forwarded with their reports fourteen days before 
the meeting of Grand Lodge. We are aware that several of our repre- 
sentatives were obliged to send in incomplete returns on account of the 
negligence of the W.M. 's and Secretaries. We have repeatedly pointed 
out that proper exercise of authority on the part of the D.D.G.M. will 
produce the desired effect. The District Deputy Grand Master of 
Prince Edward suggests that a notification from the Grand Secretary 
to the various Masters that the forms sent them must be filled up, and 
duly forwarded to the D.D. G.M.'s, would no doubt be obeyed. The 
suggestion is worthy of a trial, and will receive his attention. 

The following D.D.G.M. 's are entitled to our thanks for the assist- 
ance given us by their tabulated statements, viz.: Eiie, North and 
South Huron, London, Ceorgian, Toronto, Ontario, Frontenac, St. Law- 
rence, Algoma and Nipissing. The statements of Toronto, Ontario and 
Nipissing are complete in all particulars. 


It is to be regretted that notwithstanding the importance attached 
by all Grand Masters to Lodges of Instruction, we are obliged to report 
an almost general disregard of instruction in this particular. Some of 
the D.D. G.M.'s are of the opinion that the holding of Lodges of In- 
struction is unnecessary, on account of the work being more easily ac- 
cessible to the Master and Wardens than in former years, and the fre- 
quent interchange of visits between lodges. We are obliged to dis- 
agree on this subject, and can only repeat the advice given by us on 
former occasions, that such meetings not only produce thoroughness 
and efficiency in the work, but bring the members of a district into 
closer contact with each other, and greater interest is thereby taken in 
masonic affairs. We therefore impress on the D.D.G M.'s the necesity 
of holding one meeting at least in each district during the coming year. 
Erie District had two very successful meetings. St. Clair held one 
meeting, at which two hundred brethren were present. London had 
three very successful meetings. North Huron had a large meeting, 
where seven lodges were well represented, and Toronto had a very suc- 
cessful meeting in Aurora, at which members of ten country lodges were 



It is with great hesitation that we again approach this subject. We 
feel, however, that scant justice would be done our faithful and pains- 
taking D.D.G.M. 'a, to whom all credit is due, if we did not again bring 
their complaints before Grand Lodge. On reading over the reports of 
the various Grand Lodges of the L'nited States, you will find the Grand 
Lodge of Canada congratulated on possessing men who so love the Order, 
and respect the confidence reposed in them as to visit and instruct all 
the lodges in the jurisdiction. These Grand Lodges are, however, ig- 
norant of the fact that we take little or no trouble in aiding this devot- 
ed band of brethren to collect the expenses of their visits from the 
various lodges. True, the Constitution provides for the payment of 
same by each lodge visited, but year after year your attention has been 
drawn to the utter disregard of this provision, and not only do our rep- 
resentatives take time from their business and domestic affairs in order 
to make Grand Lodge prosperous, but they are all obliged to be at the 
loss of the expenses of the visits. You are not justified in demanding 
such sacrifices. We again ask Grand Lodge to consider this matter, 
and adopt a scheme by which the expenses shall be paid by Grand 
Lodge, and assessed against the lodges visited. The D.D.G.M. of On- 
tario states that his experience is identical with that of R. W. Bro. 
Mackay, P. D.D.G.M., referred to by us last year, and in the interests of 
his successor in office, he again calls the attention of Grand Lodge to 
the question ; he favors our suggestions that Grand Lodge should pay 
the expenses. The District Deputy Grand Master of the Algoma Dis- 
trict states that the question of expenses is a matter of no small im- 
portance in his district, where a D.D.G.M. has to travel over 2.600 
miles to visit each lodge once, and strongly approves of our re- 
marks on the subject in last year's report. We, however, find 
that satisfaction has been given in St. Clair, Niagara, Prince Edward, 
and Frontenac Districts. The D.D.G.M. of Prince Edward feels in 
duty bound to report that every lodge has contributed to his expenses, 
and that, without going hat-in-hand to ask for it, so that apart from 
loss of time, he has visited the whole district without the loss of a single 


It is gratifying to report a general improvement in this respect 
throughout the whole jurisdiction. The D.D.G.M's are entitled to 
credit for convincing the members that business-like methods will pay 
in the end. St. Marks, 94, has built a new hall in place of the one de- 
stroyed by fire. They deserve praise for their manly fight. They have 
refurnished the lodge-room in a first-class manner and are free from 
debt. We sympathise with St. Davids, 302, and Simcoe, 79, in their 
loss by fire, but the former found friends in the members of St. Thomas, 
44, who generously gave them the use of their hall. Strong, 433, has 
been struggling under adverse circumstances for sorr.e years and vas 
burned out on 3rd April last ; fortunately they were insured for §200. 
With a few exceptions all the lodge-rooms in the Districts of Erie, St. 
Clair, London, Toronto and Algoma are properly insured. 


It is gratifying to notice that nearly all the D.D.G.M's have been 
called upon to issue Dispensations to allow the brethren to attend 
Divine service in Masonic Clothing. We trust that the custom every 
year may increase until every lodge in the jurisdiction is opened on St. 


John's Day, and members attend places of worship to offer up praises 
and thanksgiving to Almighty God for blessings that are being contin- 
uously showered upon them. We therefore ask Grand Lodge to listen 
to the suggestions of the of London to the effect that the fee 
demanded for such dispensation be dispensed with in future. The 
reason given for the refusal of the D. D.G.M, of Erie to grant a dispen- 
sation for the brethren to appear in Masonic clothing at the decoration 
of the graves of departed brethren, meets with our approval. He was 
of the opinion that although the object was a laudable one, the carry- 
ing out of same without ostentation or display was more in accordance 
with the spirit of Freemasonry. 

We notice that. several D. D. G. M.'s have during the year granted 
dispensations to instal officers on other than the regular night of meet- 
ing of lodge. The Constitiition clearly lays down their powers with re- 
gard to dispensations. The Grand Master alone has the power to issue 
dispensations in such cases, and it must not be usurped by his repre- . 
sentatives. A strict adherence to the Constitution on this point must 
be insisted on. 


For years we have been looking forward to the day when weak lodges 
would find no place in our reports. During the previous sessions of 
Grand Lodge the list of weak and retrograding lodges was so large that 
it was considered advisable to embrace the same in a supplementary 
report, which was not printed in the proceedings. We gave advice and 
offered suggestions on the subject. Last year we were delighted at the 
results of the work of the Grand Master and his representatives. We 
are now in a position to congratulate all the D. D. G. M.'s for their 
efforts on behalf of the weak lodges. They have placed Grand Lodge 
under a debt of gratitude to them. Last year five of our lodges were 
reported as retrograding and nineteen as weak. The result of this 
year's work shows that of the above lodges nineteen have been nursed 
back to strength and are now on the fair road to prosperity. Georgian 
District, which led the van in weak lodges last year, has now only one 
weak lodge, for which the D. D. G. M. is to be congratulated. We are 
sorry to record six weak lodges in Niagara District, as against one last 
year. The returns now show that three lodges are retrograding ; that 
eleven are weak, and that there are in reality no weak lodges in the 
Erie, London, South Huron, Xorth Huron, Windsor, Hamilton, To- 
ronto, Prince Edward, Frontenac, St. Lawrence and Algoma Districts. 

Grand Lodge will notice that of 34S lodges under its jurisdiction, 
only fourteen are unfavorably reported against. By the same care- 
ful attention on the part of the D. D. G. M.'s we trust to be in a posi- 
tion to present a clear sheet next year. 

We herewith give a list of the weak lodges, with reasons assigned 
therefor. In Wellington District, we find that lack of harmony still 
exists in Guelph, "258. Their prospects do not appear to be very good. 
Last year the prospects appeared brighter for Prince Arthur, 334. It 
will require all the energy of the few members who take an interest in 
its affairs to keep it going. We trust that the D D.G.M. will devote 
considerable attention to these two lodges. 

Niagara District had only one weak lodge last year, namely, Myrtle, 
337, in which we find no improvement. In addition thereto, the D. D. 
G. M. reports the following : Enniskillen, 185, appears to be dormant. 
This is strange, as it contains enthusiastic members, who purchased a 
new hall and paid for same. Attention and counsel of D. D.G.M. will 


produce improvement. The members of Macnab, 169, take no interest 
in its affairs ; average attendance is 7 out of 48. Prospects are poor, 
although from the surroundings there should be a prosperous lodge. St. 
George, 15, has a membership of 95, yet the average attendance is 9. 
Copetown, 373, shows an average attendance of seven, only three mem- 
bers were present to receive the D. D.G.M. We expect a more favor- 
able report next year, and would again suggest that Myrtle, 337 (the 
majority of whose members are engaged in sailiug) should amalgamate 
with a lodge in either Welland or Thorold. Several D. I). G. M's. have ex- 
pressed themselves on the subject of amalgamation of small and weak 
lodges, all of which we heartily endorse. 

Ontario District boasts of only one weak lodge, viz., Victoria, 39S. 
The D.D.G. M. has, in accordance with our advice, given the lodge his 
best attention, but without success, and the prospects for the future 
are not bright while it remains at Victoria Road. The W.M. is a good 
worker and an enthusiastic Mason, and may possibly infuse new life into 
it, but the removal of the lodge to Coboconk, where the W.M. and 
several of the members reside, and where there are several Masons mIio 
will affiliate, will bring about the era of prosperity we so much desire. 

Plantagenet, 186, is the only weak lodge in the Ottawa District. The 
brethren must remember that this lodge is situated in a densely popu- 
lated French district, and its material has to be sought for at long dis- 
tances. No material change can be expected until the Ottawa and 
Vaudreuil Railway passes through the village. The W.M. and breth- 
ren are entitled to great credit for their adherence to the little lodge. 

Strong, 423, moved from the Georgian District to the Nipissing, ap- 
pears to have been unfortunate, as it was destroyed by fire on the 3rd 
April last. Its present meeting place is so unsuitable that the D.D.G. 
M. has decided that no meetings shall be held until a suitable room has 
been procured. It is reported that unworthy material has been ac- 
cepted ; that no proper books are kept, and that lodge moneys are not 
properly used. An investigation of these charges should be had, and 
a report sent to the Grand Master for his instructions. If the lodge were 
moved from Sund ridge to Burk's Falls an improvement is promised, 
but the brethren have promised to put it on a better footing if allowed 
to remain at Sundridge. 

The D. D.G.M. of St. Clair is also to be congratulated on the good 
work done by him in bringing about prosperity in several lodges re- 
ported against last year. It is a pity, however, that Moore, 294, did 
not respond to his demands. Only one meeting was held from the visit 
of the previous D. D.G.M. ; the opening of the lodge in the first degree 
was indifferently done. The removal of same to Courtright is advised. 
This was the advice given last year, and should be carried out, as a 
large number of the members reside in the vicinity, and new life would 
be infused. We would recommend the Grand Secretary to correspond 
with them concerning such removal, as from its present state it cannot 
reflect credit on Grand Lodge. 

In South Huron, we find very little, if any, improvement. In Tudor, 
141, the dues are not well paid, and the financial standing and prospects 
are only fair. We are glad to note, however, that the lodge meets 
regularly, and that the W. M. can work all the degrees. 


It is with great satisfaction that we have to report the great improve- 
ment made by several of the weak lodges of last year, which demon- 


strates the fact that energy, perseverance, and a proper conception of 
the objects of the Order, are requisites for their successful working. 
The Masters and Officers are entitled to credit for the efforts put forth 
by them to bring about this satisfactory state of affairs. 

Since the amalgamation of Euclid, 3(38, and Beaver, 83, in St. Clair 
District, the latter is now ranked as among the best and most success- 
ful lodges. In London District, we find that Cameron, 232, has had 
ten candidates balloted for and accepted, and has several applications 
on the paper for ballot. The advice of the D.D.G.M., with reference 
to the care to be exercised in future in selecting officers who are com- 
petent to give a correct exemplification of all the degrees should be 
heeded by all lodges, as an incompetent and careless Worshipful Mas- 
ter can cause more hard work for his successors in office than can be 

Moffat, 397, has so improved that its officers took part in the exem- 
plification of work at the Lodge of Instruction ; while Middlesex, 
379, has moved into new quarters, and will only require care and at- 
tention to place it out of danger. Notwithstanding the hard luck in 
being burned out three times, Seymour, 277, of Niagara District, de- 
serves praise for the perseverance of the officers and members, in bring- 
ing the lodge up to its present prosperous state. 

Although there are no weak lodges in Wilson District, we consider 
it advisable to draw the attention ot lodges in small places to Walsing- 
ham, 174, as an example of what determination and love of Masonry 
can do. A few years ago the light in this lodge had almost died out, 
but the brethren were determined that it should live, and by their ex- 
ertions it is now one of the most prosperous in the district. We like 
the stamp of men who compose this lodge, and wish that several of our 
weak lodges had such Masons in their midst. 

In Georgian District, the officers of Georgian, 348, are entitled to 
credit for its prosperous condition. Pythagoras, 137, has greatly im- 
proved, the indifference of its members being the only drawback. We 
would recommend the D. D.G. M. to copy the Hamilton District Deputy 
Grand Master, in his efforts respecting Waterdown Lodge, 357. 

In Manitoba, 236, the Worshipful Master works well, but does not 
receive proper support from the Wardens and Deacons. The rooms aie 
very small, but there is a movement on foot to secure more commodi- 
ous premises. A little unpleasantness has arisen regarding an invasion 
of jurisdiction, which has been reported to the Grand Master. Other- 
wise the prospects are bright. 

Seven Star, 285, has initiated two candidates ; the work is well done, 
and the prospects are brighter than for years past. 

Prince Arthur, 333, is more prosperous, and the officers are well 
posted, although the membership is small. The D. D.G. M., on the 
night of his visit, received a proof of the Masonic spirit possessed by 
them, as they privately contributed 875 to aid a sick brother. May 
prosperous days be in store for them. 

In Toronto District, the hard work of its popular D.D.G.M. has 
borne good fruit. He has succeeded in bringing about a prosperous con- 
dition that is highly gratifying. In Union, 118, the officers are profi- 
cient in work, although they have not had candidates. They are free 
from debt, and punctually pay Grand Lodge dues ; the prospects are 
better than in former years. 

Piobertson, 292, can hardly be termed weak,' although it still requires 
care and attention. The Worshipful Master is enthusiastic, and very 
hopeful of the future of the lodge. 


Georgina, 343, is in the bands of a new set of officers, and a revival is 
at hand. 

In Frontenac District, Albion, 109, is in good working order. Har- 
mony prevails and the prospects are good. 

In St. Lawrence District, Henderson, 383, has got in young blood, 
and the prospects for the future are bright. This is the last of the 
weak lodges in the district. Thanks are tendered to the D. D. G M.'s 
for the heroic exertions put forth in the good work. 

In the Ottawa District we find increased attendance, and a consider- 
able decrease in arrearages of dues reported in favor of Evergreen, 209, 
while Madison, 196, is perfectly solvent and in a satisfactory condition. 
Some short time ago, Goodwood, 159, was threatened with decline, but 
it is now enjoying palmy days. The officers and members have to 
drive long distances to attend the meetings ; their devotion is worthy 
of our admiration. 


• At the last session of Grand Lodge, it was decided that the granting 
of war/ants to Acacia Lodge, East Toronto, Toronto District ; Port 
Elgin Lodge, Port Elgin, N. Huron District ; and Fidelity Lodge, Port 
Perry, Ontario District, working under dispensations of the Grand 
Master, should be held over until the present meeting. We have 
carefully perused the reports of the respective D.D.G. M.'s on the above 
lodges, and find them in every way entitled to the favoiable recogni- 
tion of the Grand Lodge. A dispensation was issued in March last for a 
new lodge called Moravian, at Eden Grove, in North Huron District. 
The future of the lodge will depend on the faithful attendance of a few 
members. The territory is circumscribed, but the D. D. G. M. thinks 
the move a politic one. The matter will receive the attention of the 
Committee on Warrants. 


It is pleasant to record a continuation of the prosperity of last year. 
With the exception of a couple of districts, a steady and healthy 
growth in membership is shown throughout the whole jurisdiction. 
The absence of the tabulated statement prevents us from giving the 
exact increase up to the 30th of June last. It is worthy of notice that 
in Toronto District 400 hew members have been added to the rolls, 
making the total membership 3,428. Other districts have also made 
remarkable increases. The presence of the Grand Master in several of 
the districts is marked by large gatherings of the brethren, and by re- 
newed zeal and activity in all matters pertaining to the Craft. His 
words of wisdom and kind advice have endeared him to all. The kind 
attention given to all demands on his time, whether emanating from 
the leaders in the Craft or the entered apprentices in our ranks, has 
stamped him as a leader of men, and under whose sway the Craft will 
continue to prosper. 

Very few disputes or differences, except in the case of the Ottawa 
District, exist within our borders. The work is exemplified with that 
uniformity and impressiveness that has been anxiously sought for. 
Very few instances are given of W. M.'s unable to perform their work, 
while the presence of Past Masters at all meetings, taking part in the 
work and encouraging and aiding the officers, is reported in nearly all 
the districts. It is a remarkable fact and cannot fail to attract atten- 
tion, that the presence of Past Masters in lodges is attended by zeal 
and activity in the members and prosperity in the lodges. It is also a 


pleasure to note that due credit for present prosperity is given to the 
united efforts of previous D. D. G. M.'s ; it is what was to be ex- 
pected from the generous, talented brethren who now preside over the 
districts. Another remarkable feature in the reports is the increased 
attendance of members at lodge meetings, which demonstrates the fact 
that more care and attention is given to the intellectual and social 
features of the Order. Fraternal visits not only between lodges ia 
districts, but between lodges in one district and those in another, are 
of common occurrence, thereby tightening the existing bonds of friend- 
ship, and encouraging correct and uniform work in the officers. The 
international exchange of visits between Rehoboam, (35, and Erie 
Lodge, of Buffalo, N. Y. State, St. John's, 209a, and Detroit Lodge, of 
Detroit, Michigan, and Keystone, -412, and the brethren from Michigan, 
deserve more notice than can be given in this report. Such inter- 
change of courtesies illustrates the fraternal feeling which exists be- 
tween our Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodges of the United States. 
We are pleased to note that a continuation of these visits in the 
future is to be expected. 

In two districts complaints are made regarding the negligence of 
Secretaries in not sending notices of meetings to members, and in giv- 
ing one day's notice of the balloting for candidates. We quite agree 
with the remarks of the D. D. G. M.'s, and consider that a more 
healthy state of affairs will be brought about by notifying the members 
of the dates of all meetings, and that the conduct of the .Secretaries in 
giving insufficient notice of the ballot will, if persisted in, create con- 
fusion in the lodges, and should be visited with severe penalties. 

A healthier idea of the condition cf Masonry can be gathered by 
presenting you with extracts from a few of the reports. 

From Frontenec we learn that harmony and peace prevail, while 
loyalty to the Craft and to proper constituted authority is manifested 
by all. The work of the previous D. D. G. M. in amalgamating lodges 
has produced good results. In St. Clair District it is said that the im- 
provement is not in work alone, but socially and morally there has 
been a general elevation of the Craft, classes which once constituted a 
large percentage being now excluded. 

In the St. Liwrence District we find everything prosperous and har- 
monious. Lodges which seemed weakest last year, have taken a fresh 
lease of life, and never have they shown to better advantage. 

The Ontario District is in a prosperous condition — not booming, but 
a steady increase, which is healthier — the membership is over 2,000. 
The system of marking lodges for excellence of work, adopted by the 
Ontario District Master, is worthy of the attention of all D. D. G. M's. 

North Huron boasts that its splendid record has not been lowered. 
The condition is satisfactory ; there has been a substantial gain in 
membership, and the prospects for the future are bright, while the en- 
ergy and activity of the Worshipful Masters of South Huron have 
brought their lodges into a state of perfection. 

Hamilton District is shown to be in an excellent condition. The 
lodges are ruled by excellent Masters, who are supported by tried and 
trusty Past Masters, and faithful and efficient officers. The attendance 
at meetings has been good, and zeal and enthusiasm in the cause of 
Masonry appears to be ever on the increase. There has been no cause 
of dispute or difference ; the district is free from any disturbing ele- 
ment, and it maintains its long-established condition of harmony, god- 
will, and fraternal feeling. 


London District shows great improvement in good work, and that 
all the lodges are gaining in strength and prosperity. 

The Erie D. D. G. M. says that "brotherly love and charity are not 
mere words among the brethren, and that both as individuals and mem- 
bers of lodges, thej r are at all times ready and willing to aid in the ac- 
complishment of any laudable Masonic object." 

The Toronto District has attained a proficiency that, if adhered to, 
will render the work of succeeding D. D. G. M's pleasant and easy. 
The matters of dispute, or difference of opinion, which, in many cases 
magnify themselves into mountains of discord, are happily unknown. 
When a conflict arises there is naturally expressed a disposition to 
bridge the difficulty in a harmonious and fraternal fashion. The report 
from Ottawa District, which is not of an encouraging nature, is a stand- 
ing contrast to the condition shown in previous report. While the 
work of exemplifying degrees is of a first-class character, while the 
W. M's are able and cultured men, and while, to use the words of the 
D. D. G. M., the district has many members who are living examples 
of unselfishness and integrity, still, there appears in many of the lodges 
want of harmony, and not sufficient regard for these essentials without 
which prosperity cannot be expected. We have no doubt but that his 
remarks apply to some particular lodges and brethren, and do not in- 
clude the whole district, about which we have been in the habit of re- 
ceiving favorable reports. The report, however, contains advice and 
suggestions concerning the management of lodges, and the conduct of 
members, which is wort by of careful study, and which we recommend 
to not only the members of the district, but to all who desire success 
in Masonic work. We draw attention to the remarks regarding bene- 
volence : He states that " there is very little pecuniary assistance 
given by lodges to such needy objects as Orphan Homes, Hospitals, 
and other institutions of a like nature for the amelioration of suffering 
humanity," but he is glad to see individual persons practise it largely. 
He would like to^ee a Benevolent Institution where Masons would have 
entire control, where the poorest Mason would feel that he has some 
voice, and which would not be regarded as a monopoly of the rich. We 
are pleased to notice that the unpleasantness of last year, between the 
Library and Hall Committee of Ottawa, has disappeared, and trust 
that peace and harmony will hereafter reign over the whole district. 


Applications are again made to make changes in the existing bound- 
aries of some of the districts. It is unnecessary to repeat the warnings 
heretofore given by us on the subject ; good and sufficient reasons 
should be giveD, before a change should be agreed to. 

There is a notice of motion before (4 rand Lodge to detach Maxville, 
41S, from St. Lawrence and attach it to Ottawa. The Ottawa D. D. 
G. M. visited the lodge in June last, when the matter was discussed. 
As the matter will come before Grand Lodge, it is unnecessary to give 
our opinion on the subject. 

Last year it was reported that the Toronto District favored the divi- 
sion into two districts ; the present D. D . G. M. is opposed to any 
change. He states that the country lodges do not want it, and that 
all the lodges are easy of communication. The members of King Solo- 
mon's Lodge, 394, desire to have the lodge transferred to Wilson Dis- 



It is gratifying to notice the good work done in all the districts, but 
one, in assisting and relieving our sick and needy brethren. We learn 
from the report that large sums are given by the lodges to those found 
worthy, and when funds of the lodges are not available, the members 
contribute of their means in caring for those in distress ; some of the 
lodges in the Hamilton District have given entertainments for the bene- 
fit of the general poor of the neighborhood, and have realized and dis- 
tributed large sums in this manner, thus giving a lesson as to the 
extent of our charitj'. In Erie District we find that the Chatham 
lodges have, at their joint expense, beautifully furnished a room in the 
General Hospital, thus giving positive and tangible proof of the prac- 
tical charity that exists among the brethren, and an example that 
might be followed throughout the jurisdiction, while in Toronto Dis- 
trict, in addition to the distribution of $1,650 by the lodges to the 
needv brethren, it is the custom for a number of the City lodges to 
make presents of large sums of money at Christmas time to the sick 
Children's Hospital, General Hospital and other benevolent institu- 


Time will not permit an extended review on this subject, and advice 
thereon has been frequently given. We can, however, congratulate 
Grand Lodge on the improvement under this beading. More attention 
has been bestowed on the same by theD.D.G.M. 's. , and the various W. 
M's. The application of common sense business principles is necessary 
in the government of lodges. The small indebtedness is easily collected, 
but when io assumes large proportions, carelessness and indifference on 
the part of the delinquents are to be expected. Some few districts are 
still groaning under the crying evil. Toronto District shows a total 
arrearage of §4,716.57. Three of the lodges show arrearages of 8640, 
S580, and 8520 respectively. Georgian District also shows little im- 
provement in this respect. Orillia, 192, has 8400 outstanding. South 
Huron has several lodges which should give attention to the subject. 
Frontenac and North Huron are to be congratulated on having dues 
well collected. Union Lodge, 7, and Seymour, 277, occupy the proud 
position of having all their dues collected. 


The District Deputy Grand Masters of Toronto and Ottawa Districts 
draw attention of Grand Lodge to the benefits to be derived in having 
all the lodges elect their officers in the month of June, thus enabling 
the D.D.G.M. to have in his charge one set of officers in each lodge dur- 
ing his term of office ; he will also be enabled to present Grand Lodge 
with a correct review for the year during which he presided over the 


The Toronto lodges are to be congratulated on the success of their 
efforts in celebrating the centennial year of the Craft in Ontario. To 
them alone belongs the honor of carrying to a successful conclusion one 
of the most important Masonic events of the age. It speaks volumes in 
favor of their love for Masonry, and their determination to make it a 
power in the land. The celebration was inaugurated by a service in the 
Metropolitan Church, Toronto, where hundreds of the brethren assem- 
bled to join in praise to the Grand Architect of the Universe. Brother, 


the Rev. W. F. Wilson, the Chaplain of St. Andrew's, No. 16, preach- 
ed the anniversary sermon. The large collection taken up on the occa- 
sion was presented to the hospital for sick children. On St. John's 
Day, the ceremonies were concluded by a banquet, at which over 400 
brethren participated. The speeches of M. W. Bros. J. K. Kerr, Hugh 
Murray, John Ross Robertson, and R. W. Bros. W. R. White and J. 
J. Mason, formed a very important part of the evening's entertainment. 
A graphic account of the proceedings is contained in the report of the 
D.D.G.M., to which we recommend the attention of the members of 
Grand Lodge. 


The City of Toronto is also credited with a large gathering of the 
Craft on the 24th June last, the festival of Si. John the Baptist, at 
which were present the M.W. the Grand Master, theR. W. , the Deputy 
Grand Master, and about 800 Craftsmen. We refer to the unveiling of 
the monument to the fraternal dead, erected by the Craft of the City of 
Toronto, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, on a large circular plot present- 
ed by Past Grand Master J. Ross Robertson. From the address of 
welcome by the Trustees of the Cemetery, the Grand Master can testify 
to the high esteem in which the Craft is held by the citizens of Toronto. 


The past year has proved a fruitful harvest to the Grim Reaper. 
Many brethren of eminence and skill have been taken from us. Their 
services to Grand Lodge, and to the lodges in the respective districts, 
cannot be readily effaced from our memories. From the several dis- 
tricts come names which bring up memories of devotion and conscien- 
tious labor in the interests of the Craft. Feeling recognition of our sor- 
row will be given by the Committee appointed for that purpose. Our 
duty is to record the names of those of the departed who were promin- 
ently connected with Grand Lodge, viz. : R.W. Bro. J. B. Trayes, P. 
D.D.G.M. of Ontario District ; J. H. Bothwell, P.D.D.G.M. Ottawa 
District; G. M. Wilkinson, P.D.D.G.M. Kingston District; W. G. 
Storms, P.D.D.G.M. Toronto District: J. A. Wills, P.G.S.W. To- 
ronto District; Richard Bull, P.D.D.G.M. Hamilton District ; V. W. 
Bro. N. G. Bigelow, P.G.D. of C. Toronto District. 

We cannot close this subject without referring to the fraternal action 
of the brethren of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who nursed and cared for a 
brother from the Ontario District, who died over 2,000 miles from home. 
The Iowa brethren sent the body to Omemee in charge of one of their 
number. Such actions as these should be recorded, and the gratitude 
of Grand Lodge expressed on the subject. 

The remarks of the D.D.G.M. of the Toronto District, on the ques- 
tion of lodges bearing the expenses of the funeral of deceased brethren, 
whether or not the family or connection of such deceased brethren are 
able, financially, to defray same, are brought to our notice. An improper 
construction appears to have been placed on the reading of the By-laws 
of several lodges, whereby it is considered compulsory on a lodge to ex- 
pend money on funerals when the estate of the deceased is of such a 
character that no assistance is required. It is hardly necessary to draw 
the attention of the members to such mistaken ideas. 


In conclusion, we desire to state that our review is not satisfactory 
to us. We are aware of several subjects which we have been obliged to 
omit. We know that justice has not been done by us to several dis- 


tricts, nor to the Grand Lodge, which entrusted us with this important 
task. We have done our best in the time allotted to us. The pros- 
perity of Grand Lodge is now a settled fact ; continued loyalty to our 
beloved Grand Master, and conscientious work on the part of all the 
Grand Lodge officers, will call forth the admiration and respect of the 
Masonic world. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

E. T. Maloxe, 
Chairman of Sub-Committee on the Condition of Masonry. 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by R. 
W. Bro. E. T. ALalone, and 

Resolved — That the Report of the Board on the Condition of Masonry 
be received and adopted. 



R.W. Bro. W. R. W 7 hite, on behalf of the Board, presented 

and read the following 


Passed from earth to learn new lessons in some other part of the wide 
universe of God, for death has come into our midst. 

Another cycle briDgs this sad truth home to us, for as the empty 
sleeve of the returned soldier mutely but eloquently tells of a loss, so do 
these vacant places in our Grand Lodge answer " absent " to the roll- 
call of our d< parted brethren. Men who have not looked upon life as 
a thing to be bartered and sold, but as a jewel to be guarded as gold ; 
men who raised for their day and generation " sermons in stone " that 
adorn the coming day will speak them fair to all who follow after ; 
those whose lives were like the incerse on the altar, long after the 
prayers were over ; the taper dim, the music hushed, and the worship- 
per departed, we find its fragrance still heavy on the air, and whose 
friendship was like the lily in its perfume and its purity, and whom 
to know was an honor and delight, who "counted this thing to be 
grandly true, that a noble deed was a step toward God, lifting the soul 
from a common sod, to a purer air and a broader view ; who to-day 
are enrolled as life victors ; who strove and, perhaps, failed, but who 
acted bravely a silent and desperate part, and who have now laid down 
the weapons of life. 

" But the link must break and the lamp must die," and a message 
comes to the tired soul and whispers "coire away," and unseen hands 
hold aloft the victor's crown where every jewel is a noble deed. 

Come when the summons may, be it in the morning when the sun is 
gently stealing and lengthening its rays into perfect manhood, or at the 
noontide, when our heartstrings are stirred with all that makes life 
sweet, or in the evening, when the work of the day is done, and we 
wait the coming of the night, we would fain turn aside from the bitter 
thought, did we not think with the old Norsemen, that death is 
"home-going." A thought beautifully tender, and freighted with 
peace, that the darksome night is past, and the day is dawning, and 
our loved ones have gone out with the tide, and drifted silently into the 
harbor of peace, perfect peace. 


Tears are not for our fraternal dead ; our tears are for our Order, be- 
reft of their guiding hands ; and our brethren, who will miss their wise 
counsel, and kindly deeds for the sick and afflicted, who received their 
loving care ; yes, our tears are for those, rather than for our honored 

" For tears are never for those who die with their face to duty done." 

We will briefly mention a few of our members who have passed into 
the unseen world. 

Hamilton District mourns the loss of R. W. Bro. Richard Bull, a bro- 
ther well and lovingly known throughout the whole district ; he was a 
learned ritualist, and delighted to take part in the work of his lodge. 
To him the ritual was not only a beiutiful arrangement of words, but 
it was the assertion of truths which should guide his every-day life ; 
thus, Masonry was to him a help towards a grander, a purer, and a 
nobler life, and lie exemplified in his walk and conversation the benefit 
of being a member of the Craft, and in the evening of life he died, leav- 
ing behind an example which we could all with profit imitate. 

The ranks of the Toronto brethren are depleted by the loss of many 
Craftsmen, chief among whom we may mention R. W. Bros. Storm 
and Wills and V. W. Bro. N. G. Bigelow. 

These brethren were all prominent and distinguished members of our 
Order, and a credit to our fraternitj r . Bros. Storm and Bigelow of 
late years did not attend the meetings of Grand Lodge, but R. W. Bro. 
Wills was present at recent communications, and was known to us all ; 
kind and genial in disposition, he not only made life hnppy for himself, 
but he endeavored to throw all the sunshine he could in the lives of 
those around him, but sudden^, in the prime of manhood, he was taken 
from us. He has gone, but his kind words, and kinder actions, remain 
as an aspiration to cheer and bless our own lives. 

Ottawa District misses the wise counsel of R. W. bro. Bothwell. He 
was a goDd and faithful member of the Craft, and his memory will 
ever be cherished by those with whom he lived. 

In Ontario District, death has claimed R W. Bro. J. B. Trayes as a 
victim. He was an active and energetic member of the Craft, and he 
had the esteem and respect of his brethren. 

In Huron District, a brother with a unique experience, namely, that 
of being W.M. of a lodge for fifteen consecutive years, passed away to 
the great regret of the brethren, and to the residents of his adopted 
town. We refer to V. W. Bro. Nichol, of Listowel, who, born in Scot- 
land many years ago, removed to the above-mentioned town, where his 
conduct was such as to gain the respect and confidence of the entire 
community. He filled every municipal office in the gift of the people, 
and presided with tact and discretion over the delib rations of the St. 
Bernard Lodge, Listowel, for the above long-mentioned term of years. 
This is sufficient evidence of his fidelity to his trust. May we have 
many who will follow in his illustrious footsteps. 

Frontenac District loses an honored brother in the person of R.W. 
Bro. Wilkinson, of Kingston. He was P D.D.G.M , and P.M. of Ancient 
St. John's Lodge, No. 3 ; he was a member of this lodge fer half a cen- 
tury. His father, and also his grandfather, were W.M's. of this same 
lodge before him. He was prominently connected with the Board of 
Masonic Relief, and was the promoter of much Masonic enterprise. He 
died possessing the love of the brethren, who will long remember his 
good life. It is a matter of sincere congratulation that his son is fol- 
lowing his father's good example, and is an ardent member of the craft. 


To the families and friends bereaved, we offer our sincere sympathy, 
and we recommend that the names of our fraternal dead be inscribed on 
the memorial pages of the proceedings of our annual communication. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

George C. Davis, 
Chairman, Sub-Committee, on the Fraternal Dead. 
It was moved by R.W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by R. 
W. Bro. G. C. Davis, and 

/,'. wived, — That the Report of the Board on the Fraternal Dead be 
received and adopted. 


R. W. Bro. W.R "White, on behalf of the Board, presented 
and read the following 


In the matter of St. Paul's Lodge, No. 107 : On the 25th day of March, 
1891, Bro. Wm, C. Lewis was initiated, and on the 24th day of June, 1891, 
he was passed to the second degree by this lodge, and it appears, that be- 
ing anxious, for some reason, to leave home, the third degree was conferred 
on him on the 15th day of July, 1891, in contravention of the provision of 
the constitution in that behalf. 

While this may not appear to be a very serious offence, the Board feel 
that it is one of the provisions of the constitution which Grand Lodge should 
carefully guard against the breach of, and we would recommend that 
Grand Lodge express its disapproval of the conduct of the officers of 
Lambeth Lodge, and that the said lodge be ordered to procure and pay 
for such dispensation as would have enabled them to so confer the de- 
gree, and that on their so doing, the Grand Secretary be instructed to issue 
the usual Grand Lodge certificate. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

J. C. Hegleb, 
Chairman Sub-Committee on Jurisdiction. 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by 

R. W. Bro. J. C. Hegler, and 

Besolvol,— That the report of the Board on Jurisprudence be received 
and adopted. 


R. W. Bro. W.R, White, on behalf of the Board, presented 
and read the following 


The Board have had before them the following cases of grievances and 
appeals, all of which have been duly considered, and the conclusions arrived 
at are embodied in the following report upon each case, as follows : 

In the matter of Georgina Lodge, No. 343, vs. Bro. Murdoch Seth Chap- 
man — grossly immoral conduct. Ihis case is reported upon page 182 of the 
Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of 1892. Bro. Chapman was summoned to 
show cause at this Grand Lodge why he should not be expelled from the 
Craft. Bro. Chapman having failed to shew cause, the Board recommend 
that Bro. Chapman be expelled from the Craft for the offence proved. 


Tn the matter of Civil Service Lodge, No. 148, vs, Bro. F. E. P. Aldrich. 
This is a charge of unmasonic and immoral conduct, and the case is also re- 
ported in the Grand Lodge Proceedings of 1892 on page 182. Bro. Aldrich 
was summoned to shew cause at this Grand Lodge why he should not be ex- 
pelled from the Craft. No sufficient cause being shewn by Bro. Aldrich, 
the Board recommend that he be expelled from the Craft for the offence 

In the matter of Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 119, vs. Bro. S. D. Williams. 
This is a charge of unmasonic conduct, reported in the Grand Lodge Pro- 
ceedings of 1892 on page 182. Bro. Williams was summoned to shew cause 
at this meeting of Grand Lodge why he should not be expelled from the 
Craft. No cause being shewn by Bro. Williams, the Board recommend that 
he be expelled from the Craft for the offence proved. 

In the matter of Bro. W. F. Turney and Welland Lodge, No. 36, Font 

Bro. Turney applies to Grand Lodge for Restoration. In his Petition he 
sets out that he was made a Mason in Welland Lodge, in 1873 ; that about 
four years afterwards he left Canada to reside in the United States. A few 
years ago he wrote to the Master of Welland Lodge for a statement of his 
dues with a view of paying up, and was informed that Welland Lodge was 

He then applied to the Grand Secretary and was informed by him that 
he had been suspended in 1877, for unmasonic conduct. He further states 
that he was never advised of any proceedings having been taken against 
him, nor aware of having acted unmasonically. 

The records of the lodge have been destroyd by fire, but we have the evi- 
dence of the Master of the Lodge, in 1877, that the charge against Bro. 
Turney was misappropriation of the sum of §10 entrusted to him to procure 
a Warrant for a lodge at fort Robinson. 

The Petition is without date or place, and your Board recommend that 
the Grand Secretary be instructed to obtain all possible information as to 
Bro. Turney's present character and standing, to be reported to the next 
meeting of Grand Lodge, and the prayer of the Petition to be then dealt 

In the matter of Bro. Camp and Lodge No. 15. 

Bro. Camp, in his petition, states, that he was made a Mason in this 
Lodge in 1859. In October, 1868, he removed to California, where, on the 
9th day of April, 1869, he received a summons from the said lodge to appear 
there on the 6th day of the same month, to answer a charge preferred against 

In 1872, Bro. Camp returned to St. Catharines, where he resided for fif- 
teen years, during which period he made application for re-instatement, 
which application was never dealt with. That he then removed to Buffalo, 
where he now is ; and that about eighteen months ago he again applied to 
the lodge for reinstatement, which application has also been ignored. 

The papers before your Board do not disclose the offence charged, nor any 
reason why the Lodge will not act upon Bro. Camp's repeated applications. 
Your Board recommend that the matter be referred to the D. D. G. M. 
of the 10th Masonic District, to have a copy of the charge preferred, and 
Bro. Camp's answer, if any, sent to the Grand Secretary, also the reasons 
why St. George's Lodge refuse to deal with Bro. Camp's application ; that 
the D. D. G. M. be asked to endeavor to have the matter adjudicated, if 
that is not possible, that it be dealt with at next Grand Lodge meeting. 

In the matter between Lodges No. 120 and No. 141. Tudor Lodge, No. 
141, expended the sum of 820.00 in the care and support, while within their 
jurisdiction, of a member of Warren Lodge, No. 120, but without the know- 
ledge or request of Warren Lodge, and now complain that Warren Lodge 
refuses to refund the amount or any part thereof. Your Board are not in 
possession of sufficient information to decide the matter, the original papers 
having gone astray during conveyance to the Grand Secretary, and would 
therefore recommend that the matter be referred to the D.D.G.M. of the 
3rd Masonic District for adjustment. 


In the matter of W. Bro. McKague, P.M., of Lodge No. 127, and the ini- 
tiation by him of W.B. Cox, in February or March of 1893. The District 
D.G.M. of No. 13, R.W. Bro. Thornton, became aware that Mr. W.B. Cox 
had been initiated by W.B. McKague, and that the Candidate at the time, 
had an artificial foot with metallic appliance, to the knowledge of W. Bro. 
McKague. The correspondence between the D.D.G. M. and Bro. McKague 
was sent to the Grand Secretary, and laid before the M.W. the G. Master, 
who appointed a commission to investigate and report. 

They have done so, and their report is before us. It, with the other pap- 
ers mentioned, discloses the fact that W. B. Cox, had an artificial foot, that 
W.B. McKague, the then W.M. of Lodge No. 127, well knew of that fact 
before, and at the time of the initiation. 

Among the papers is a letter from W. Bro. McKague, of which the fol- 
lowing is an extract, referring to the said W.B. Cox. " He has a physical 
defect. He wears an artificial limb which he had on when initiated. The 
reason I initiated him was that the Grand Master issued a dispensation in 
a similar case in every respect, to our Lodge for the initiation some years 
ago of Wm. Rogers, and I deemed it unnecessary to make an application of 
the same nature over again, as it would only delay matters unnecessarily." 

Your Board are of the opinion that W. Bro. McKague, violated the well 
known rules regarding physical defects, knowingly, and would recommend 
that for the offence he be suspended for the space of one year. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

J. H. Burritt, 
Chairman Sub-Corn, on Grievances and Appeals. 

It was moved by R.W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by R. 

W. Bro. J. H. Burritt, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of ihe Board on Grievances and Appeals be 
received and adopted. 


R.W. Bro. W. R. White, on behalf of the Board, presented 
and read the following 


The Board are of opinion that they should confine their remarks respect- 
ing the notices of motion, printed on the notice papers, to their effect on the 
Constitution, and should not express any opinion as to the merits of the 
motions proposed. 

Motion No. 1. — The Committee are of opinion that the subject of this 
motion is within the jurisdiction of the M.W. the Grand Master, and that 
the notice should be withdrawn from the notice paper. 

Motion No. 2. — The Committee are of opinion that Grand Lodge have 
power to deal with this question. 

Motions No. '6, 4, 5, 6 and 8. — There is nothing in these motions, which re- 
quires to be considered by the Committee. 

Motion No. 7. — The proposed amendment involves a return to the former 

No other matter has been presented to the Board fur their consideration. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Richard T. Walkem, 
Chairman Sub-Committee on Constitution and Lava. 

It was moved by R.W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by 

M.W. Bro. R. T. Walkem, and 

Resolved. That the Report of the Board on Constitution and Laws, be 
received and adopted. 



M.W. Bro. Henry Robertson presented the Report of the 
Committee on Foreign Correspondence, when it was moved by 
R.W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M.W. Bro. Henry 
Robertson, and 

Resolved. — That the Report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence 
be received and printed as an Appendix to the Proceedings. 


M. W. Bro. Henry Robertson presented the following sup- 


To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master and the Grand 
Lodge of Canada : 

The Board of General Purposes, to whom was referred the communica- 
tion from the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of South Australia, beg 
leave to report thereon as follows : — 

The Grand Lodge of South Australia was organized on April 16, 188-1, by 
a Convention of Masons, composed of 85 delegates, representing 28 lodges 
out of 33 on the roll of the three British Constitutions. Everything was done 
according to established order and precedent. The Chief Justice of the 
Colony, the Hon. S. J. Way, was the first Grand Master, and after ser- 
ving with honor and credit for five years, he was succeeded by the present 
Grand Master, the Earl of Kintore, who is also the Governor of the Colony. 
They have now 38 lodges, with a membership of 2250- Recognition has 
been accorded by the three Grand Lodges in Great Britain and Ireland and 
also by a number of Grand Lodges in America. 

The Board recommend that the Grand Lodge of South Australia be 
recognized by the Grand. Lodge of Canada, and that the interchange of 
Representatives be granted as requested. 

The Board have also received an application for recognition from the 
Grand Lodge of Oklahoma Territory, U.S. 

This new Grand Lodge was formally organized at Oklahoma City, on 
November 10th, 1892, by the unanimous voice of the representatives of all 
the lodges in the Territory, ten in number, and with the approval and con- 
sent of the Grand Lodge of Indian Territory, under whose jurisdiction all 
these lodges were formerly working. August J. Spengel, of Guthrie, is 
Grand Master, and J. S. Hunt, of Stillwater, is Grand Secretary. 

Tbe Board recommend that fraternal recognition be accorded to the 
Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, and that the request for an interchange of 
representatives be complied with. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Chairman, Committee on Foreign Correspondence. 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by 
M. W. Bro. Henry Robertson, and 

Resolved. — That the Supplementary Report of the Board on Foreign 
Correspondence be received and adopted. 



R. W. Bro. W. R. White, on behalf of the Board, pre- 
sented and read the following 


In dealing with the address the Board have adopted the course which has 
been found fairly satisfactory during the past two years, and referred it to a 
sub-committee composed of the President of the Board and the Chairmen 
of the several sub-committees. 

The Board desire to congratulate the M. W. the Grand Master upon the 
condition of Masonry in this jurisdiction, and the satisfactory progress of 
the Craft during the year, as shown in the address. 

Taking into consideration the public duties which must claim a large por- 
tion of his time and attention, the Board desire to assure the Grand Master 
that he has during the past year devoted to the work of Grand Lodge more 
time than the Craft had any right to expect, and that he has well and 
worthily discharged the duties of his high office. In no way has he disap- 
pointed his brethren except in doing more than was expected of him. 

The Board heartily approve of the Grand Master's very sensible remarks 
respecting the manner of dealing with dormant and decaying lodges, and 
commend his suggestions to the careful consideration of such lodges. 

The number of lodge rooms dedicated during the year is a gratifying 
evidence of the material progress of the lodges in this jurisdiction. And 
the laying of corner stones and other public ceremonies are pleasing proofs 
of the deserved esteem in which Masons are held by their fellow-citizens. 

The Centennial celebration and the unveiling of the Masonic monument 
at Toronto were both events of deep interest during the Masonic year, and 
the Board regret that the severe illness of the Grand Master prevented his 
attending the former. 

The question of revision of ceremonies is being dealt with by a Committee 
of Past Grand Masters. The Board recommend that the ceremonies 
when so revised and approved by the Grand Master, be printed for 

The Board approve of the action of the Grand Master in refraining from 
publishing his rulings. 

The Board agree with the Grand Master's views upon the question of the 
physical qualifications of candidates and of residence, and commend them 
to the consideration of Grand Lodge. 

The Board do not feel disposed to make any recommendation upon the 
question of legislation, and changing the dates of election and installation 
of officers. 

The Board approve of the Grand Master's remarks upon benevolence and 
the Masonic Relief Association, and would strongly recommend to the 
attention of every lodge in the jurisdiction that portion of the address 
dealing with the right of burial and cost of funerals. 

The Board cordially agree with the remarks upon the method of dealing 
with the surplus funds of Grand Lodge. 

Until some abuse of the present method of lodge representation and 
proxies is brought to the attention of Grand Lodge, the Board do not con- 
sider any change advisable. 

The Board fully endorse the remarks of the Grand Master upon foreign 
representatives and the printed proceedings of Grand Lodge. 

The Board recommend that the suggestions as to the fraternal congress at 
Chicago be carried out in such manner as Grand Lodge may decide. 

The Board approve fully of the Grand Master's administration of the 
amount granted to the St. John's relief fund. 

Fraternally submitted, 

W. R. White, 
Chairman of Sub- Committee on Grand Master's Address. 


It was moved by R. W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M. 
W. Bro. R, T. vYalkem, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Board of General Purposes on the 
Address of the M. W. the Grand Master be received and adopted. 


To the M.W. Grand Master, Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of 
Your Committee beg to report that, acting upon instructions roceived 
from Grand Lodge to prepare a testimonial for presentation to M.W. Bro. 
J. Boss Bobertson, Past Grand Master, they have agreed, at bis request, to 
recommend that the sum of money placed at the disposal of the committee, 
be handed over to the Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children. A re- 
quest to this effect, as the brethren are aware, was made by M. W. Bro. 
Bobertson in Grand Lodge at the time the testimonial was voted. M. W. 
Bro. Bobertson is deeply interested in this most praiseworthy work, and 
taking into consideration the fact that the mission of this chanty is closely 
identified with that of Masonry, in that it cares for sick and helpless little 
ones, who cannot help themselves, and the farther fact that the doors of the 
Mother Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the Lakeside Home for 
Little Children on Toronto Island, (by terms of the Deed of Gift from M. 
W. Bro. Bobertson to the Trustees of the Hospital), are forever free to every 
sick child of any member of the fraternity within the jurisdiction of our 
Grand Lodge, your committee consider the carrying out of the wishes of M. 
W. Bro. Robertson in the above manner as most appropriate. Your com- 
mittee feel assured that their action will meet with the hearty approbation 
and approval of Grand Lodge, and have, therefore, much pleasure in stating 
that they have transmitted to the Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children 
the amount named, viz., §250. 

(Signed) J. K. Kerr, \ 

E. T. Malone, > Committee. 

Hugh Murray, J 
Toronto, 1st Jan., 1893. 

The following letter was sent to the Trustees of the Hospi- 
tal for Sick Children : 

Toronto, 19th April, 1893. 
Dear Sirs, 

I beg to enclose you cheque to the Trustees of the Hospital for Sick 

At the last meeting of the Grand Lodge of Canada, A.F. & A.M., a com- 
mittee was appointed to procure a testimonial for presentation to M.W. Bro. 
J. Boss Bobertson, Past Grand Master, in recognition of his great services 
to the Grand Lodge, and the sum of §250 was p'aced at the disposal of the 
committee for that purpose. M. W. Bro. Bobertson was unwilling to re- 
ceive any testimonial personally to himself, and expressed a wish that any 
sum devoted to the above purpose should be handed over to the Trustees of 
the Hospital for Sick Children. 

In accordance with that request, on behalf of the committee, I now have 
pleasure in enclosing you a cheque for the above amount, the committee 
having determined to accede to the request of M.W. Bro. Bobertson, that the 
money should be so used, instead of being devoted to a testimonial of a per- 
sonal character to himself, or in any other form. 

In adopting this course, the committee desire to express their sympathy 
with the objects and motives of M. W. Bro. Bobertson, and trust that the 


example thus shown by him, which is but an illustration of many generous 
and laudable acts on his part on behalf of the Hospital, will make an im- 
pression upon the hearts and minds of many, who may be thus induced to 
follow to some extent the example which he has set. 
Believe me to remain, 

Yours very truly, 
(Signed) J. K. Kerr, 

On behalf of the Committee. 
To the Trustees of the Hospital 

For Sick Children, Toronto. 

The receipt of the cheque was acknowledged by the Treas- 
urer of the Hospital for Sick Children, as follows : 

Hospital for Sick Children, 

Toronto, 29th April, 1893. 
J. K. Kerr, E*q., 

Dear Sir, 

I am directed by the Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children to ac- 
knowledge, with thanks, the receipt of cheque for $250, donated by the 
Grand Lodge of Masons of Canada, at the request of Mr. J. Ross Robert- 
son, and in lieu of a personal testimonial to himself. The Trustees desire 
me, in acknowledging this gift, to say how deeply grateful they are to Mr. 
Robertson, and also to Grand Lodge for acceding to his request. 
Yours truly, 

M. Buchan, 


M. W. Bro. Robertson, having been notified of the trans- 
mission of the cheque by the committee, sent to the chairman 
the following letter : 

Toronto, July 6th, 1893. 

To M. W. Bros. J. K. Kerr and Hugh Murray, and E. W. Bro. E. T- 
Malont, Cum m lilt' on Presentation. 

Dear Sirs and Brethren :— I am informed by the Treasurer of the Hos- 
pital For Sick Children, Toronto, of tbe receipt of two hundred and fifty 
dollars, contributed by Grand Lodge, at my request, in lieu of the personal 
testimonial which it has been customary to present to Past Grand Masters. 

Nothing could give me greater pleasure than your prompt compliance 
with the request made by me to my brethren, for the gift will provide fur- 
nishings for five cots in the Hospital, and thus enable, for many years to 
come, little suffering ones, who cannot help themselves, to have that rest 
and comfort without which health cannot be restored. 

There is no more worthy object for the funds of the Craft than this 
institution, the more especially as its doors swing widely open at the cry of 
suffering childhood, and are forever free to the ailing little ones of any mem- 
ber of the Craft in this great jurisdiction. 

I am sure that every member of the Craft has deep sympathy for that 
charity which welcomes and watches over sick childreu, where by skilful 
treatment they are relieved or cured and sent back to their homes with glad- 
some face and healthy step. This Grand Lodge, by its beneficence in the 
past to the widow and the orphan of the Craft has brought rays of sunlight 
to many homes, and I am glad that, as a member of the Craft, and citizen 
of Ontario, I have had so much success in Jife as to be able to offer to the 
sick little ones of every member in this jurisdiction the advantages of an 
institution, where skilful trea'ment will chase away pain, and win back 
from the grave the little feet whose patter is a poem. Surely the good angel 
who watches over the Craft ward in the sweetest of all charities will mark 


a kindly record, and bless those who have provided for the comfort of sorrow- 
ing and suffering children. 

Yours fraternally, 

J. Ross Robertson, P.G.M. 

It was moved by M.W. Bro. J. K. Kerr, seconded by W.M. 
Bro. Hugh Murray, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on the Testimonial to M . 
W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson be received, and printed in the Proceedings. 



It was moved by M.W. Bro J. Ross Robertson, seconded 
by R.W. Bro. W. R. White, and 

Resolved, — That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, and without refer- 
ence to existing appointments, it is not expedient that any brother should 
represent more than one foreign Grand Lodge. 


It was moved by W. Bro. James Ferres, seconded by W. 
Bro. John Patton, and 

Resolved, — That any question once decided, affecting the Constitution, 
shall not be open for re-consideration at any time within five years after 
such decision, except upon an open vote at an annual Communication to re- 
consider, such vote to be taken without debate. 


It was moved by W. Bro. F. Cook, seconded by R.W. Bro, 
R. A. Klock, 

That Maxville Lodge, No. 41S, be detached from the St. Lawrence Dis- 
trict, No. 15, and attached to the Ottawa District, No. 10. 

It was moved, in amendment, by W. Bro. James Ferres, 
seconded by V. W. Bro. A. Shaw, 

That the matter of the proposed transfer of Maxville Lodge, No. 418, be 
referred to the Board of General Purposes. 

The amendment was put to Grand Lodge and declared — 

Subsequently, R.W. Bro. W. R. White, on behalf of the 
Board, presented and read the following 


The Board of General Purposes beg to report — That in accordance with 
the resolution passed yesterday, referring to them the question of the pro- 
posed removal of Maxville Lodge, 418, Maxville, from the St. Lawrence 
District to the Ottawa District, tbey have duly considered the matter, and 
beg to recommend that no action be taken. 
Fraternally submitted, 

W. R. White, 
President Board of General Purposes. 


It was moved by R.W. Bro. W. R. White, seconded by M. 

W. Bro. J. K. Rerr, and 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Board on the matter of the proposed 
transfer of Maxville Lodge, No. 418, be received and adopted. 


The Grand Lodge having granted permission, it was moved 
by W. Bro. Malcolm Gibbs, seconded by W. Bro. L. A. 


That the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage be prohibited at all re- 
freshment tables in connection with Masonic lodges. 

The resolution was put to Grand Lodge and declared lost. 


The following places were put in nomination for the next 
Annual Communication : 

The City of Hamilton, by R.W. Bro. R, L. Gunn. 
The Town of Sault Ste. Marie, by W. Bro. D. Bole. 
The Town of Niagara Falls, by W. Bro. A. Logan. 
The City of Toronto, by R.W. Bro. E. T. Malone. 
The City of St. Catharines, by W. Bro. B. Beck. 
The Town of Windsor, by W. Bro. M. Gibbs. 
The City of Brantford, by R.W. Bro. James McLauchlan. 
The City of Guelph, by W. Bro. John Patton. 


The Grand Lodge was called from labor to refreshment, to 
meet again on Thursday, 20th July, at 1 1 o'clock, forenoon. 


Thursday, 20th July, A.D. 1893. 
The Grand Lodge resumed labor at 11.30 a.m. 



M.W. Bro. The Hon. J. M. Gibson, on the Throne. 



R.W. Bro. R. B. Hungerford, on behalf of the Committee 
on Credentials of Representatives, presented and read the fol- 


The Committee on Credentials of Representatives to this Grand Lodge 
beg to report that there are 348 warranted lodges on the Grand Register ; 
.153 lodges are represented by their duly qualified officers ; 55 are repre- 
sented by proxy by their own Past Masters ; 70 are represented by proxy 
by Past Masters of other lodges ; and 70 lodges, 7 of which have Past Mas- 
ters present, are unrepresented for the purposes of voting. There are 524 
names registered, having a total vote of 1,127. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 


William Roaf, > Committee. 
Geo. S. May, J 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. R. B. Hungerford, seconded 

by R. W. Bro. Wm. Roaf, and 

Resolved, — That the Supplementary Report of the Committee on Creden- 
tials of Representatives and Proxies be received and adopted. 


The M.W. the Grand Master appointed the following scru- 
tineers of the ballot for Grand Officers, and elective members 
of the Board of General Purposes, namely : W. Bros. Wm. 
Forbes, S. H. Kent, H. Rowe, C. A. Kingston, James Yance, 
G. Campbell, J. F. Grierson, John Chapman, John Birkett, 
W. D. B. Spry, Angus McBain, and G. E. Josephs. 

The scrutineers having reported, the following brethren 
were declared duly elected office-bearers for the ensuing term, 
namely : 
M.W T . Bro. Hon. J. M. Gibson, Q.C... Hamilton.. Grand Master. 

R.W. Bro. W. R. White, Q.C Pembroke. Deputy Grand Master. 

R. W. Bro. L. Secord, M.D Brantf or d. Grand Senior Warden. 

R. W. Bro. F. Cook Ottawa .... Grand Junior Warden. 

R.W. Bro. Rev. L. A. Betts Brock ville Grand Chaplain. 

M.W. Bro. Hugh Murray Hamilton.. Grand Treasurer. 

R.W. Bro. R. J. Craig Cobourg . .Grand Registrar. 

R.W. Bro. J. J. Mason Hamilton ..Grand Secretary. 

And by an open vote of Grand Lodge, 
Bro. W. W. .Summers, Hamilton, Grand Tyler. 


The following brethren were nominated by the representa- 
tives of lodges as District Deputy Grand Masters for their re- 
spective districts, and were approved by the M.W. the Grand 
Master, viz.: 

R.W.Bro. A. H.YonGunten.. Chatham Erie Dis. No. 1 

R.W.Bro. Fredc. Goodier . . .Watford St. Clair " 2 

R.W.Bro. P. W.D.Brodrick... .London, .. .London " 3 

R.W.Bro. Wm. Dawson Sylvan S. Huron " 4 




D. Collins 

Chas. Pettiford . . 
W. B. Saunders . 
James Noble .... 

George Tait 

S. H. Armour . . . . 
Wm. Webster . . , 
George Taylor . . . 
•John F.Graham . . 
R. W. Stephen . . 
Richard McNabb 
W. H. Burgess . . 

Norwich. . . 
Guelph .... 
Brantford . . 
Stayner .... 


Toronto .... 
Belleville . . . 
Gananoque. . 
Ottawa .... 
Fort William 
North Bay . . 

N. Huron Dis. No. 5 

.Wilson " 6 

.Wellington " 7 

Hamilton " 8 

Georgian " 9 

Niagara i{ 10 

Toronto " 11 

Ontorio " 12 

P.Edward " 13 

Frontenac ' : 14 

S.Lawrence " 15 

Ottawa " 16 

.Algorna " 17 

Nipissing " 18 


The scrutineers having reported, the following brethren 
were declared duly elected members of the Board of General 
Purposes for the ensuing term, viz : — 

R, W. Bro. F. C Martin, Woodstock. 

R.W. Bro. J. E. Harding, Stratford. 

R.W. Bro. W m . Roaf, Toronto. 

R.W. Bro. W. T. Toner, Collingwood. 

R.W. Bro. J. H. Burritt, Pembroke. 

Subsequently, the M.W. the Grand Master was pleased to 
announce the following appointments on the Board for the 
ensuing term, namely : — 

R.W. Bro. Thos. Sargant, Toronto. 

R.W. Bro. G. C. Davis, London. 

R.W. Bro. Hugh Walker, Guelph. 

R.W. Bro. R. L. Gunn, Hamilton. 

R.W Bro. Allan McLean. Kingston. 


The following Grand Representatives presented their cre- 
dentials, which were accepted, and the representatives saluted 
with Grand Honors, namely : 

M.W. Bro. J. Ross Robertson For the Grand Lodge of 


M.W. Bro. R, T. Walkem. .For the Grand Lodge of Peru. 

R.W. Bro. Wm. G. Reid . .For the Grand Lodge of Kansas. 


R. W. Bro D. H. Martyn For the Grand Lodge of Ver- 

R. W. Bro. W. C. Wilkinson For the Grand Lodge of 



On motion, it was resolved that the next Annual Commu- 
nication of Grand Lodge be held at the City of Hrmilton. 


It was moved by M. W. Bro. R. T. Walkem, seconded by 
M. W. Bro. J. K. Kerr, and 

Resolved— That in order to carry out the recommendation contained in 
the address of the M. W. the Grand Master, he be authorized to appoint a 
deputation to consist of not more than five members of this Grand Lodge, 
to attend the Masonic Congress to be held at Chicago on the 14th August, 
1893, to represent this Grand Lodge. 


The following invitation from the Deputy Minister of Agri- 
culture was read : 

Ottawa, July 19tb, 1893. 
Sir, — I have to say to you that if any of the members of the Grand Lodge, 
now in Ottawa, should desire to visit the Dominion Central Experimental 
Farm, every possible facility and information would be afforded to them by 
the Director, Mr. Saunders, or the other officers. 

I may mention that an excursion of farmers is expected to be at the Farm 
t )-morrow afternoon. It would therefore, be better if any other time than 
that were selected for the visit of any of the members of the Grind Lodge. 
I have the honor to be, Sir, 

Your obedient Servant, 

Deputy Minister of Agriculture. 
Hon. J. M. Gibson, Most Worshipful Grand Master, Grand Lodge of 

It was moved by R. W. Bro. J. S. Dewar, seconded by R. 
W. Bro. Geo. C. Davis, and 

Resolved,— That the invitation from the Deputy Minister of Agiiculture 
be accepted with thanks. 


It was moved by W. Bro. Malcolm Gibbs, seconded by W. 

Bro. Wm. Bain, and 

Resolved,— That a printed copy of the proceedings of Grand LodgeJae 
sent to every member in attendance at the Annual Communication. 



M. W. Bro. J. M. Gibson, assisted by M. W. Bro. J. Ross 
Robertson, proceeded with the installation and investiture of 
the newly elected Officers, who were proclaimed and saluted 
with the customary Masonic honors. 

At a subsequent date, the M. W. the Grand Master was 
pleased to notify the Grand Secretary of the following appoint- 
ments to office for the ensuing year, viz : — 
V. W. Bro. E. C. Roper, Orillia, Grand Senior Deacon. 

W. G. S. Reynolds, Ottawa, Grand Junior Deacon. 
John Jones. Toronto, Grand Superintendent of 
" W. Watt, Jr., Brantford, Grand Director of 

" David Aitchison, Hamilton, Assistant Grand 

" A. M. Clark, M.D., Woodstock, Assistant Grand 

Director of Ceremonies. 
" W. T. Heaslip, Gananoque, Grand Sword Bearer. 

" E. W. Gardner, Toronto, Grand Organist. 

" R. B. Brown, Stratford, Assistant Grand Organist. 

A. J. Howes, Sundridge, Grand Pursuivant. 
John Shaw, Stirling, Grand Steward. 
J. Blackmore, Listowel, Grand Steward. 
C. Senior, Blenheim, Grand Steward 
Robert Scott, Petrolia, Grand Steward. 
" O. T. Bridle, London, Grand Steward. 

Samuel Henry, Maxville, Grand Steward. 
" Fred Rogers, Sault Ste Marie, Grand Steward. 

E. J. Voss, Toronto, Grand Steward. 
" J. H. Dickinson, Clarksburg, Grand Steward. 

W. P. Kelly, Simcoe, Grand Steward. 
" Richard Johnston, Palmerston, Grand Steward. 

Alex. Bruce, Guelph, Grand Steward. 
Ancil Mills, Lindsay, Grand Standard Bearer. 
" L. A. Congdon, Dunnville, Grand Standard Bearer. 

It was moved by M. W. Bro. Hugh Murray, seconded by 
R. W. Bro. E. T. Malone, and 



Resolved, — That the cordial thanks of the Grand Lodge are due, and are 
hereby tendered, to the Committee of Management of the Ottawa Lodges 
for the satisfactory arrangements made for the holding of the present 
Annual Communication. 


The business of Grand Lodge being ended, it was closed at 
6 o'clock p.m., in ample form. 
Attest : 

Gravd Secretary. 



Lodges marked (a) hold their Installation of Officers on the Festival of St. John 


Where held. 

Night of 

w. Master. 

Niagara Niagara W. on orb.f.m. 0. Taylor 

3a Ancient St. John's Kingston 1st Thursday . . Forshaw Day . . 

5fl Sussex Brockville 3rd Monday ...|And. Urquhart 

t Barton Hamilton 


\V. E. Lyall 
John Sutherland . 
Jonathan Greene. 
'E. G. Zealand .. George E. Mason. 

7 Union 

9 Union 

10a Norfolk 

]ln Moira 

14a True Britons . 

15 jst. George 

L6 i st Andrew's . 

17 St. John's 

18a Prince Edward 

20a St. John's . . . 

21a - St. John's ... 






Grinsby iTh. on orb.f.m. William Cowan \V. D.Forbes. 

Napanee F. on or b.f.m. T. D Prun .. ..I Robert L. Henry 

Simcoe Tn. on orb.f.m. Frank Reid ...Jw. P. Killey 

Belleville ... 


St. Catharines 
Toronto .... 

W. on orb.f.m. George Dulmage Charles P. Hunter 

King Solomon's 


St. Francis 



1st Monday ..Thomas Elliott 
Tu. on orb.f.m. Charles Burch 
2nd Tuesday . . I W. P. Gundy . 

Cobourg Tu. on or b.f.m. George Spence . 

Picton Th.onor b.f.m. 'M. R. Allison . 

London [2nd Tuesday | Thomas Clark . 

Vankleek Hill Tu. on or b.f.m. S. G. Morrison 

Toronto 2nd Thursday .'John Hall 

Richmond Hill M. on or b.f.m. ' J. E. Clubine . 

Smith's Falls. If. on or b.f m.'A. G. Foster .. 

Toronto 1st Tuesday 

Port Hope . . . 3rd Thursday 

; Thomas B. Lee 

27a Strict Observance Hamilton ;4th Friday 

28a Mount Zion 
29a United ... 
30a Composite 
31a Jerusalem . . 




32a Amity IDunnville 

33a Maitland 

34a Thistle 

35 St. John's 

37a King Hiram ... 

38a Trent 

39a Mount Zion .... 

i" i st John's 

41a St. George's . . . 

4:2" St. George's 

43 King Solomon's. 

44a St. Thomas 

45 Brant 

4<i" Wellington . . . . 
47a Great Western 

4-v! Madoc 

50a Consecon 

52 Dalhousie 

54a Vaughan 

55« Merriekville 

56a Victoria 

57a Harmony .. .. 


61a Acacia 

62a St. Andrew's . . 



Ingersoll . . . 


Brooklin . . . 
Hamilton ... 
Kingsville . .. 
St. Thomas , 
Brant ford .. 
Chatham . . 
Windsor .... 
Consecon .. 

Edwin Brown . . 

F. J. McMichael 

Wed. b.f.m. .JA. Clothier 

Th. on or b.f.m. R.J. Wade, M.D. 
1st Thursday |T. A. McGillivray 
W. on or b.f.m. S. Burden .... 
W. on orb Cm. J. B. Sheehan .. 
2nd Tuesday . . Robert Park . .. 
Tu. on orb.f.mJ J. A. Patten . 
Ih. on or b.f.m.] J. G. Carruthers 
Is Friday .... James Vance 
Tu. on orb.f.m. D. H. Bonter 
Tu on or b.f.m.'John Shand 
3rd Thursday.. I W. J Aitchison 

W. A. Moore 

N. A. Lindsay . . . 

J. E. Hansford .... 

H. W. Laird 

Hiram Wellbanks. 
M. D. Dawson . . . 
John R. Fraser . . 
Raymond Walker . 
T. F. McMahon . . 
Stewart Moag .... 
A. ]>,. Ay les worth 



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St. John's 
Durham . . 

■ t. John's . 

terlirg .. 


St. James St Mary's 

st. 'ames |Maitland . 

St. John's i Toronto . . 

>xford | Woodstock 

Faithful Brethren Lindsay . . . 
King Hiram Tilsonburg 

Tli. on or b.f.m. Ed. Allworth 
1st Wednesday John A. Nelles 
1st Tuesday .'. W. C. Burt 
1st Thursday . H. A. Mclntyre 
2nd Tuesday . . A. E Harley . . 
1st \londa\ .. A. H.VonGunten 
Th. on orb.f.m. W. Holdstoek .. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. A. H. Watson . 
F on or b.f.m. IT. S. Phip, M.D. 
1st Tuesday . . Albert Hudson . . 

Maple Tu. on orb.f.m. R. M. Hadwen. 

Merriekville. Tu. on orb.f.m A. F. Crossett . . 
Tu. on orb.f.m. Robt. Mackenzie 
*V. on orb.f.m. M J Mullock, ML 
1st Friday .. . . IS. A. Luke . . . 
2nd Friday.. .. A.E. Manning 
W. on or b.f.m. John Thompson 
W. on or b.f.m. W. M. Dunham 
3rd Thursday . . Francis Love 
1st Thursday Arthur Dinni 

Sarnia.. . 
Ottawa . . 
Carleton Place 
London . . 
Toronto . . 
Stirling .. 

J. Robertson 
C. Morton .... 
H. Bothern . .. 

J. W. Grey 

Robert Willes .... 

John Pattinson . . . 

R. A. Harrison . .. 

W. A. Khvmis ... 

Kiehard Elliott 

C. C. Gibson 

EL Rouland 

W. O. Lott 

F. Scott 

James C. Cox . .. 
George Rumble . . 

A. Ellis, Jr 

George Jj. Fraser .. 
L. Slatter 

. J. Birchard 

:•". F. Quinn 

S. T. Wilkie 

R. T.Gray 

D. P. Cosev 

C. S. Scott' 

'. H. Keefer 

Thomas Culbert . . 

C. Mole 

J. F. Se>n 

Charles A. Abbott 
W. H. Elliott .... 

W. Galer 

John Rushworth . . 

John Overell 

Fred. W. Unitt 

Tu.on or b-f.m. J. H. BellwoodlE. Simmons 

3rd Friday John H. Hegler William Ewart 

Th. after f.m.'.W Vandervoort John Shaw.... 

Last Tuesday A. J. Oliver 
1st Monday * . . F. P. Riddell 
M. nearest f.m. Syrenus Cole 
1st Monday . . C. A. Matthews 
2nd Wednesday W. A. Kaon .... 
1st Friday . ' G. H. M. Baker 
W. on orb.f.m. James Mcintosh 

A. Bessit Thorn . 

W. J. Gillies 

A. N. Shepherd 
Spencer Love . . . 
W. T. Wilkinson 

G. S. Patrick 

W. .). Wilkins .. 




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67 50 












19 00 




61 75 


2 00 

55 75 











2 00 

56 75 





69 50 







12 00 











14 50 








73 00 











51 75 





24 75 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges as at 24th June, 1893, 


1 10a 
12 la 


St. John's .... Mt. Brydges 

St. John's Paris '. Tu. on orh.f.m. 

Beaver Strathroy F. on or b.f.m. 

Clinton Clinton ". Fri. after f.m . 

RisingSun Athens |Th. on or b.f.m. 

Wilson Toronto 1 3rd Tuesday .. 

Markham Union Markham ....IF. on orh.f.m. 

Night of 

W. Master. 

Bradford F. on or b.f.m. 

Tu. on or b.f.m. 

St. George's Owen Sound . 

Manit i ( 'ollingwood . . 



Kincardine ... 

Port Stanley . . 



W. on or b.f.m. 
W. on or a. f.m. 
F. on or b. f.m. 
2nd Wednesday 
1st Wednesday 
2nd Tuesday . . 
Is Thursday.. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 



Northern Light 
St. Mark's . . . . 
Corinthian . . . 


True i-lue Albion F. on or b.f.m 

Tuscan Newmarket . j 2nd Wednesday 

Valley I Dundas M. on or b.f.m. 

Corinthian I Peterborough .|W. on or b.f.m. 

Maple Leaf St. CatharinesLast Thursday 

St. John's Norwich j W. on or a. f.m. 

St. Mark's Niag. Falls So. !Tu. on or b.f.m. 

Burford Burford W. on or b.f.m. 

St. Paul's . Lambeth W. on or b f.m 

Blenheim Princeton F. on or a. f.m. 

Albion iHarrowsmith.. F. on or b. f.m. 

Central Prescott 1st Tuesday 

Wilson |Waterford . .. W. on or b.f.m. 

Hope Port Hope . . . 1 1st Friday 

Ivy . Beamsville . >Tu. on orb.f.m. 

Cassia |Thedford 'M. on or b.f.m 


Maple Leaf . 




The Belleville .. I Belleville 

Cornwall ICornwall 

Golden Rule [Campbellford 

jFranck iFrankford .. 

128a Pembroke ' Pembroke . . 

129 |The Rising Sun . | Aurora 

13'a St. Lawrence ... i Southampton. Tu. on or b.f.m. 

133a - Lebanon Forest | Exeter I M. on or b. f . m. 

135a St. Clair ! Milton .Th, on or b.f.m. 

136 Richardson Stouffville . . . W. on or b.f.m. 

137a : Pythagoras i Meaf ord F. nearest f . m. 

139 Lebanon Oshawa 1 2nd Tuesday . . 

140a Malahide ! Avlmer W. on or b.f.m. 

14la Tudor IMitchell, 

142a | Excelsior Morrisburg ..|F. on or b. f.m. 

143a Friendly Bros. : Iroquois .. 
144a Tecumseh Stratford . 

Schomberg . . M. on or b.f.m 

Bath jM. on orh.f.m. 

Fingal Tu. on or b.f.m. 

Brantford . . . :3rd Tuesday 

Renfrew 1 1st Monday . . 

1st Thursday.. 
1st Tuesdav . . 
Tu. b. f. ni 
Mon. b.f.m. . . 
1st Thursdav 
1st Friday 

Frank Stewart . W. J. Lawrence . . 

T. C West , II. G. Lindsay .... 

J. F. Martin Frank Smoke ... . 

James Bogue ..A. A. Cockburn .. 
W.J. Paislv... T. Smallacombe .. 

M.L. Dixon", M.D J. P. Lamb 

John Akers .... George Duthie .... 
G.M.Farwell,MD J. E. Shaw, M. D. .. 
CharlesE Munro Wm. H. Sinclair .. 
Capt. H. Rowe C.A. McDonald... 

T. K. Rutherford George Keves 

John H. Birkett D. Callaghan 

J. C. Cooke . . R. D. Hall 

L. G. Jan is . . D. M. May 

And'w Urquhart D. H. MacLaren ... 

B. W. Keteley . . | W. G. Hill 

G. C. Martin . I Robert Roberts. . . . 
W.D.Laurie ..[D.Roche 

,F. A. Latebaw.. W. Forrest 

R. G. Kingan . .JW.F. Johnston.... 
Johu S.Campbell John S. Wood.. .. 
James Irwin . . . I. L. Farrington . . 

Richard Sloggett James C. Hull 

J. E. Stephenson A. D. Muir 

D. McPherson ..iH. Poole 

C. R. Staples .. John Ramsay .... 

Jno. W.Patterson James Cooke 

John X. Graham H.H. Wells 

W. Massecar . . . O. MeLellau 

T.White W. G. Coulter 

John H. Burch . . John Astle 

T. K. Pool | J. G. Brown 

A. Wilkinson . ;M. J. Brereton 

Thos.A. Seaward Fred. W. Armstrong 

J. K. McPherson S. E. Burwell 

W. E. Phin . . C. F. Cox 

Edward McKay. ! X. W. Cleary 

George S.Wright S.F. Annistead. . .. 


'. B. Hall Millbrook . 

Prince of Wales. . ! Newburgh 

Mississippi j Almonte . 

Civil Service .....(Ottawa ... 

Erie I Port Dover 

The Grand River . j Berlin . . 
Burns ... 


Peterboro' . . 

W. b.f.m 

1st Thursday . 

2nd Tuesdav . 

w. b.f.m .:.. 

l=t Friday . . . 

2nd Tuesday . 

M. on or b.f.m 

2nd Tuesday 

i Wyoming Th. on or b.f.m 

JLucan JTh. on or b.f.m 

| Peterboro' 1 st Friday 

North Toronto 3rd FridaV . . 

William Gibbens 
Chas. G.Wenslev 
W. J. Douglas . . 
James Tinliae . . 
John Logie .... 
Rich. H. Collins 
M. E. Mitchell . . 
E. W. Gardner . 
R. W. Evans . . . 

W. A. McArthur . 

A. E. Bailey 

W. H. Richards... 
s. W. Radcliffe... 

A. E. Taylor 

D. McAulay 

T. A. Brown . . . 
Robert Coates . . . 
I). McMurchy . . . 
James Patterson . 

William Holland: James McCaw .. 

G.F. Clark, M.D. W. J. Fear 

William Elliott..! Alex. B. Barron 

L. W. Howard.. S. R Loucks.... 

D. A. McDonald 

Wm. McKellar. . 


Canfield Shorey 

S. L. Ramsay . . 

Wm. Campbell 

Henry Fawcett. 

L. McBrine .... 

J. M. Gunne . . . 

Chris. Hodgins 

J. W. Tindale .... 

A. E. Neil 

H. A. Turner 

Geo. A. Ajiesworth 
Robert Pollock.... 
C. C. W. Lally .... 
Law rence Skey . . . 
A. Oelschlager .... 

W. D. Newell 

C. W. Mulloy 

Simpson I Vewboro' 

N. D.Carnnchael A. Gibson . 
G. H. Brown . . ID. Robertson .... 
Tu. on or b.f.m. R. H. Preston .. Uoseph H. Butler 



and Last Returns Prior to the Ledger Balances at 31st May, 1892.— Continued. 

° & 


























1di\ Bal. 

Cr. Bal. 



















































101 ' 


Dec. '8£ 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '9-: 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 

£39 00 
2 00 

s? 68 75 










" i 




70 60 
33 50 




67 25 


50 50 





Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 



10 00 

80 00 






30 25 










62 75 
53 25 




66 75 



82 76 
35 50 


16 50 

1 60 














June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '<J2 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '!>2 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 

14 25 

73 00 
41 00 






















72 75 
10 75 
64 50 
47 26 
64 60 
59 75 

30 to 

2 00 



2 00 




50 00 

67 00 
17 00 
31 00 
71 00 
64 25 

63 00 
45 25 
23 25 

20 75 
13 50 
16 26 

85 50 
41 25 

62 25 
23 26 

64 25 

86 25 
22 25 
25 00 
33 5 

21 5 
3 00 

65 00 
45 00 
36 50 
40 25 
39 50 

63 60 
1 00 

28 50 
35 75 
39 00 
35 00 
47 25 

68 75 
43 26 

107 50 


12 50 










2 00 












































































2 00 


9 75 


49 00 
33 25 

2 00 



1 50 
4 00 


29 50 


2 00 

6 00 



2 00 














3 CO 






33 00 

32 56" 

81 75 
39 50 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges as at 24th Junf, 1893, 






















































232 a 

















Star in the East. 






Prince of Wales . . 




The Builders 




Old Light 







The Tuscan 



St. Albans 



New Dominion . . 


St. John's , 














Prince Arthur . . 



Lodge of Fidelity 



p eaver 







St. George 




Oil Springs . 

Richmond .. . 

Wark worth . 

Wroxeter . . . 

Wellington . 

Burlington . 

Stony Creek. 

Welland.. .. 

Port Colborne. ITu. on or b.f.m. 

Seaforth ... 1st Monday . . . 

Iona I F. on or b f . m 

Ayr ITu. on or b.f.m 

Night of 

Th. onora.f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
Wed. b.f.m ... 
M. on or b.f.m 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 

Port Rowan . 



Plattsville . . . 


Port Bunvell . 
Lucknow . . 


Plantagenet . 
Belmont . . . 





Arnprior . . . 
Mt. Forest . . 

Th. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
2nd Friday . . 
F. on or b. f. m. 
1st Tuesday . . 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
M. on orb f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
F. on or b. f.m. 
F. on or b. f. m. 
M. on or b.f m. 
2nd Wednesday 
1st Monday . . 
2nd Monday . . 
2nd Tuesday . . 
F. on or b. f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 


A. R. Hanks.... Walter Miller ... 
GCRich'dsonMD James M. Argue . 

C. A. Tomlinson S. Oliver 

Js. Armstrong.. ,W. S. McKercher. 

W. W. Fitzgerald J. D. Wilson 

E. C. Kerns |W. J. Thomas ... 

Rev. F.E. Howitt H. A. Combs 

J. Howell, M.D.'R. E. Waugh 

Edgar B. McRae'D. W. McKay 

Rev J WHodginsJ. Orr Ross ,. 

J. D. Campbell . . | Duncan Petersen . 

Elora !3rd Friday .... 

New Hamburg M. on or a. f.m. 
Lancaster ... W. on or b.f.m. 

London 2nd Thursday. 

Lanark 1st Tuesday 

Garden Island. 1st Monday 
Ameliasburg .. M. on or b. f.m. 
Orangeville . . ITu. on or b.f.m. 

Delhi |M. on or b. f.m. 

Toronto nd Monday 

Georgetown . . F. on or b. f.m. 

Uxbridge M. on or b. f.m. 

Thorold W. on or b.f.m. 

Marmora .... Tues. b. f. m 
Norwood . . . . |Tu. on or b.f.m. 

Kensall Th. on or b.f.m. 

Listowel W. on or b.f.m. 

Odessa ...... :M. on or a. f.m, 

Brampton .... 3rd Tuesday . . 

Barrie ' 4th Monday .. 

Ottawa 3rd Thursday . . 

Dutton W. on or b.f.m. 

Park Hill . . . 
Clarksburg . 


Cookstown . 


Watford . . . 


Mallorytown . 
St. George . . . 
Thamesville . 


Midland. . . . 

Tu. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m 
F. on or b. f.m. 
Tu. on or a. f.m. 
F. on or b. f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
F. on or b. f.m. 
M. on or b. f.m. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
4th Tuesday . . 
2nd Tuesday . . 

James Cassie 

F. H. Pearsall . . 

G. H. Haight . . 

Fred Cook 

E. J. Bristow . . 
G. R. Bruce .... 
Wra. S. Davidson 
Walter A. Wilson 

John Senn 

W. T. Franklin . . 
A. R. Lusty . . . 

E. C. Roper 

W. E. Hooker . 
R. B. Burges . . 
W. T. Vanstone 

A. Burwash 
J. G. Pulford 
T. R. Glanville 
G. E. Fale .... 
Joseph Clarke 
Thos. G. Walker 
John P. Snider. 
W. S. Rhycard . . 
David McLaren 
John Watts 

D. F. Stafford . 
Robert Irvine . 
Charles G. Wood 
Chas. H. Corton 
W. J. Roe, M.D. 
Geo. Thompson. 
P. S. Meddough 
R. B. Proutt . . . 
JohnB. Powell. 
George T. McKay 
J.J. Foster .... 
R W Aylesworth 
W. J. Jessop. . 
John Hood . . 

B. W. Granger 
W. H. Nelson 
William Caw 
Henry Lyne . 

S. M. Hutchison 
John Robinson 
John H. Teall . . 
L. B. Howden . . 
George Way .... 
J. C. Dickey .... 
James Vanatter. 
R. N. Fraser .... 
William T. Allen 

C. A. Phillips 

A. J. Reed 

James Ryan 

F. A. Henderson 
George McNeill . . .'. 

W. M. Veitch 

William Parker.. .. 

D. M. Chute 

J. S. Tennant, M.D. 

Joseph Peart 

W. A. Chamberlain 

John Boyd 

T. H. Robinson .... 
Wallace E. Smith.. 

Robert Scott 

R. B. Hungerford.. 
George H. Hubbell 

W. A. Green 

R. O. Kilgour 

James Hayward .. 
Thomas Godfrey . . 
Otto C. Pressprich . 
R. T. Nicholson .... 

John Siddons 

W. A. Field 

Richard Raymond. 
James E. Glenn . . 
George Irvine .... 

E. Morgan 

W. Spence 

T. J. Wheeler 

John G. Vicars .... 
William T. Fish . . 

M. Devlin 

W. H. Stevenson . . 
James Bonthron .. 
William Irwin .... 

A. P. Booth 

W. W. Woods 

J. C. Brokovski .... 

F. C- Lightfoot.... 

J. C. Price 

A. S. Thornton .... 
J. H. Dickenson .. 

John Claxton 

John Piatt 

George Thornton.. 
Frank Kenward . . . 

William Wray 

Horace Griffin .... 

L. J. Poole 

W. B. Albertson . . 
Curran Morrison .. 
Richard Raikes 



and Last Returns Prior to tub Lfdger Balances at 31st May, 1889. — Continued. 















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Dr. Bal. 

Cr. Bal. 










Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '62 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '91 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '9 
Dec. '92 
Dea. '92 
Dec. 'f2 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 

$ 33 25 
2 00 


S41 75 






44 00 


4 00 

k 2 66 

36 00 
24 50 
59 50 
57 50 


51 25 










41 00 
40 00 


51 50 










530 50 
• 16 00 


52 00 
30 f5 











69 75 


24 00 


2 00 

31 25 
14 50 







C4 00 


25 25 
77 50 


40 f5 


n 00 


34 00 


Dec. '92 

66 75 


Dec. '92 
Dec. '32 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
June '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '5-2 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Drc. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 

3 00 

27 50 


25 50 
35 00 
f5 75 
1 00 





















21 50 

209 a 










32 00 

136 50 

18 10 

22 00 


12 50 

56 50 




108 25 
33 75 







i2 50 

8 00 

134 00 
17 00 







39 00 


51 50 
35 50 






Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 

15 75 

4 00 

38 75 



Dee. '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec '2 
June '92 
Dec. '96 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dea. '92 
Dec. '92 
June '92 
June '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 
Deo. '92 
Dec. '92 
Dec. '92 

9D 75 
61 00 






14 00 
1 (0 

52 25 





f3 50 
3 (0 




25 00 














40 25 
28 00 


2 00 

33 00 
25 75 
32 25 





34 50 


47 00 


38 75 
36 75 

245 a 
247 a 


2 00 
6 00 

2 00 

65 50 
119 CO 
20 00 





2 5 
2 3 5 
27 i 
3 '5a 






Farran's Point ... 




Oak Branch 





N. Light 



Brougham Union. 








New Hope 



St. John's 

Seven Star 







T. Roy. Sol. Moth. 






Mount Olivet 

St. David's 






Morning Star 











North Star 





The Hammond . . . 

Where held. 


Kingston .... 
Niagara Falls. 

Dresden . 

Farran's Point 



Petrolia .... 
Innerkip ... 
Harriston . . 


Ottawa .... 
Thornhill .. 
Stayner .... 
Chatham . . . 
Brougham . . 
Oshawa . . . 


Ancaster . . 
Blenheim . . 
Teeswater . 
Port Dalhousie 
Roslin . .. 


Belleville .... 



Wingham .... 
Port Arthur . . 


Leamington . . 
W. Flambro' . 
Nobleton. . 
Jerusalem, Pa. 
Mooretown . . . 


St. Catharine's 


Centreville . 
Thorndale .. 
St. Thomas . 




Durham . . . 
Arkona . . . 
Smith's Hill 
Lakefield . . 
Palmerston . 
Clifford .... 
Toronto .... 
Baden .... 
Hagersville . 
Acton, West 
Owen Sound 
Alvinston . . 
Hamilton . . 


Toronto .... 
Wardsville . 

Night of 

Th. on orb.f.m. 
1st Monday 
Th. on orb.f.m. 
2nd Thursday.. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
1st Tuesday.. 
2nd Tuesday. . . 
1st Tuesday.. . 
Th. on orb.f.m. 
2nd Monday . 
W. on or b.f.m. 
4th Tuesday. 
Th. on orb.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
1st Wednesday 
Fri. on orb.f.m. 
W. on or a.f.m. 
4th Tuesday . . 
2nd Wednesday 
W. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
Fr. on or b.f.m. 
W. on orb.f.m. 
Th. before f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
Th. on or 

Wed. a.f.m 

Tu. on orb.f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on orb.f.m. 
1st Tuesday . . 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on orb.f.m. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
1st Wednesday 
Th. on orb.f.m. 
Th. on or a.f.m. 
Last Wednes. 
Fr. on or b.f.m. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on orb.f.m. 
3rd Thursday . . 
Tu. on or a.f.m. 
Tu. on orb.f.m. 
W. before f.m. 
Tu. on orb.f.m. 
Th.onor b.f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
Fr. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
1st Tuesday . . 
Fri. after f.m. 
3rd Monday . . 
3rd Thursday . 
Fr on or a.f.m. 
Th. on orb.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
M. on or b.f.m. 
Wed. after f.m. 
W. on or b.f.m. 
nd Tuesday . . 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
4th Fridav .... 
3rdTuesd'ay .. 


Geo. A. Munro . . W. Geddes 

R. R. Creighton J. P. Oram 

J. C. Bartle . . . . H. Preston 

Win. McYean ..D.V, Hicks 

A.A.Weagant,MD;John M. Cook .... 
Geo. H. Thomas W. J. Kitchen .... 
Peter Anderson AlexanderCordiner 

Edward Marshall D. R. Weir 

John M'FarlanejE. A. Shoemaker.. 
David Clapp .... 'Alexander Michie .. 

P. W.Campbell .. 

J. A. Clark 

D. A. Nelles 

J. E. Doner 

James Kerr .. 

L. W. Ross 

W. J. Porte 

W. A. Bangs. . .. 

W. W. Bates.... 

J. A. Cameron . . 

John B. Ranklin 

Robins. Ventress 

H. Westgate .... | A. Thompson . 

J. F. Grierson . . L. K. Murton. 

J as. Carmichael James Broddy 

John A. Daniels 'Frank Bevin '. 

Jno. Crookshank 

John Chapman . . 

J. G. Dell 

Henry Hudson . . 
R. J. Lockhart . . 
Alex. Mclntyre . 

John Fenn 

Albert C. Dames 
Dr. Hunter 
A. G. McGregor 
James A. Fraser 
D. Campbell . . . 
William A. Piper 
John Simon . 

Charles Senior 

C. A. Steele 

A. Kelly 

J. W. Wilson 

Chris. Pabst 

Dr. Lumley 

W. J. Diamond.. .. 

John Shaw 

H.M.Wright .... 

J. A. Morton 

J. Dickenson 

P. L. Graham, M.D. 


Alfred Jones 

T. H. Robinson . . J. D. Prentis 

W. H. Kay at .... C. N. Tadros 

R D. Armstrong John Maw 

Theodore Flath . A. C. Woodman . . 

Benjamin Bach.. A. J. McGregor 

H\ Fischer, senr. Joseph Beltzer 

A. B. Carscallen Alonzo Walker .... 
Aaron Griffith .. S. S. Murray, M.D. 

D. B. Drake . . . W. H. Ingram 

f. M. Hamilton John M. Rose 

Wm. D. B. Spry C. E. Chantler .... 

rhomas Simpson W. H. Keener 

Thomas Brown . . George Russell 

Frank Hooper .. 1 George M. Everest 

J. P. Brown .... John Wilson 

Robert CowlingT. A. Agar . 

Hanev Morris. 

F. R. S. Barlee . 

H. Hvndman . 

J. S. Dewar . . . 

J. B. Johnson . 

F. Holwell 

E. E. Barker 

R. Q. Dench .... 
Wm. J. Nicholl . 
C. H. Patterson 
H. H. Williams.. 
Alfred Kaufman 

Joshua Howard H. Gallagher 

J. P. Boggart , 
John Lawson . 
W. A. Bishop , 
Richard Code 
K Bethune .. . 
James Hunter . 
H. Vigeon . . 

James G. Gillespie 
W. R. Kenney .... 
George Munro .... 
E. Warner, junior 
E. G. Kittson, M.D. 
Wm. Armstrong . . 
W. D. McPherson 

Jas. T. McKillop D. Johnson. 



and Last Return's Prior tj the Ledger Balances at 31.ST May. 1893.— Continued. 





























Dr. Bal. 

Cr. Bal. 






















































































































































S.6 50 


62 00 



"$2 00 

64 50 
29 25 
46 25 
40 00 
49 50 


.$-20 25 

43 25 
13 75 



66 00 


49 59 


4 00 

28 75 
23 50 
49 75 




1 00 

27 50 
30 00 
25 75 


15 00 


44 00 
21 25 


26 60 


36 50 


17 00 


27 25 

28 J 

25 50 
41 25 


69 75 


17 50 


'"4 00 

4) 75 
74 75 
47 25 


42 00 


1 CO 
8 25 

25 50 
12 50 



12 75 

16 00 
37 75 


10 75 


45 25 


"37 00 

17 CO 

103 50 

3) 00 


Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, 92 
Dec, '95 
(jec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
June, '91 

23 75 


24 50 


33 25 


29 00 
27 00 
40 50 


47 50 


2 00 


28 75 

29 75 
19 00 


109 00 


5 00 

22 50 
3> 25 


60 00 


16 25 

49 00 

64 00 

135 25 


33 75 
167 75 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges as at 24th June, 1893 



Where held. 

Night of 

W. Master. 




Jarvis .... . 

VV.H Sutherland H. Thompson 

James Duncan . . David Hill .... 

329a King Solomon . . . 

Fr. on or b.f.m. 

3'oOa Corinthian 

London, East 

1st Tuesday . 

D. C. Kennedy . . H. C. Simpson 


Fordwich .... 

Th. on or b.f.m. 

R. H. Butchart . . G. Wilson 



Stratford . 

2nd Monday . 

J. E. Sanagan . . W. McFarlane .... 


Prince Arthur . . . 

Flesherton . 

Fr. on or b.f.m 

Thomas Carter . . R. J. Sproule 

33' a 

Prince Arthur . . 


Tu. on or b.f.m 

Edw. All. en. MP. Thomas J. Phillip9 


Highgate . . 

Fr. on or b.f.m. 

D. P. McPhail... A.Ferguson 



Port Robinson 

Tu on orb f.m 

Thos Sowersbv . C. B. Bennett 


Welland Port 

Tu. on or b.f.m. 

D. C Holmes .. 



1st Tuesday . 

A. B. Crosby . 


Tiverton . . . 

Tu on or b f m 

W. J. Chambers 

John McKellar 


Th on or b.f.m 

F. G. Tremayne 

Thos. B. Bentley . . 



Dorchester S'n 

Th. on or b.f.m 

W H. Shaw .... 



Nilestown .... 

Tu on or b.f m. 

Thos. McDougal. 


3rd Wednesday 

James C. Jardine 

T. W. Barber 


1st Friday .... 

David Hodge 



1st Thursday 

Silas A. Milligan 


Robert Spring 
John Twohev .. 

Cannington . 

W. on or b.f m. 


River Park 

Streetsville . . 

Tu on or b.f.m. 

William Taylor . 

William Couse .... 



Waterdown . . 

Tu. on orb f.m. 

J DC'ourtenavMD 

W. R.Wilson 


Delaware Vallev . 

Delaware .... 

Fr. on or b.f.m. 

A. B. Smith . 

J. R. Hammond .. 



Bracebridge . . 

Fr. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f m. 

Win. Walmslev . 
James Whitten . 

D. W. McColl . 

361a Waverlv 


4th Monday . 

W. M. Stanley A. E. Lyon 


M. on or b.f.m 

Thomas Wilson 

J: F. Smith 

364a Dufferin 


W. on or b.f.m 

A. R. Huston . 

Samuel Bateman . . 

367« St. George 

1 st Friday . . . 

A. E. G?utt . . . 

Frank Denton 

368 Salem 

Brock ville .... 

2nd Monday . 

E. A Geiger 

W. J. Curie 


Lambton Miils 

Tu. on or b f in 
M. on or b.f.m. 

James Sabiston . 
L. N. Phelps . . 


John W. Russell . . 


Prince of Wales . 


4th Friday . . . 

C. W. Close . . . 

W. J. Glover 



Tu. on or a. f.m. 

R. Magwood . . . 

A. B. Hurrell .... 



Welland . 

1st Thursday . . 

J. E. Whallev . |W. G. Somen ille.. 



Omemee . 

W C. McOrea John M. Shaw M.D. 

37; a 

Lome ... 



Huiitsville . . 
Shelburne .... 

Robert Scarlett. ... 



1 st Friday . . . 

James Cleary . . 


King Solomon .... 

London, West 

4th Tuesday . . 

E. T. Essen- . . 

Win. Nicholls .... 



Brvanston . . 

W. on or b f.m. 

F. Fitzgerald . . 


2nd Monday . . G . Hampton 

3rd Monday ..J George F. Webb 

A. C Stewart 



Hamilton . . 

F. Walter 


W. Winchester 

1st Tuesday . . j W. J. Fraser 

S. S Reveler 




1st Thursday . . Samuel Hobbs . . 

Alex. T. Middleton 




West Lome . . 

Tu. on or b.f.m (John A. Gilles . . 

Robert McFate 



Lansdowne . . 

Th. on or b.f.m. John W. Taylor 

Rev. C. J. Young.. 




M. on or b.f.m. iGraham Walker! John H. McRae .. 


Crystal Fountain 

N. Augusta . . 

W on or b.f m. ' J. Chapman i J. B. Love .... 


Florence .... 

Th. on or b.f.m. 

W. Drew ! J. D. McMillan 



M. on or b.f.m. 

B. Pair.e J. A. C. Anderson . 


Camlachie . . 

W. on or b.f.m. 

H. Symington . . A. Trusler 



1st Tuesday ... 

William HallidavC. J. Mickle .... 


King Solomon 

Thamesford . . 

W. on or b.f.m. 

R. F. O'Neill .... E. A Dundas . . . 


Th. on or b.f.m. 

C. W. Sherer ... Robert Anderson . . 

396 ' Cedar 

W. R. Gilberts.. 1 James Walmslev .. 
A. F. Wade .... IW. J. Ward 

397a Leopold 


W. on or b.f.m. 

Victoria Road 

A. B. Chaffe A. Taylor 

399 jMoffat 

Harrietsville . 

W. on or b.f.m. 

John H. O'Neill J. J. Jelly 

40 a Oakville 


J. D. Willson . James C. Ford 

Deseronto .... 

1st Tuesday . . 

Geo. W. Wright E. R. Chapman .. 

402a Central 

Essex Centre . 

W. on or b.f.m. 

Jas.Cunningham Alexander Wallace 

403 | Windsor 

1st Friday .... 

E. S. Wigle | George D. Adams . . 



Fr. on or a. f.m. 

Jas. Aylsworth.. 

C. R. Jones 



amo Last Returns Prior to the Ledger Balancbs at 31st May, 1893.— Continued. 























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Dec, '92 
Dec, V2 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
0eo , '92 
Dec, '»2 
Dec,, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
lee, 'tf* 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec , '9 
June, '92 
Dec, '9i 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '91 
Jane, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '91 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '91 
Dec, ,02 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, 92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec,, '92 
June, '92. 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec,, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
iDec , '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, 92 
'.June, '9-2 
Dec., '9-2 
IDec, 9 

815 25 
26 25 


£2 25 


2 00 

18 25 

79 25 



53 25 
20 25 
8 25 
10 00 

i9 25 

£4 25 
£4 00 






2 '.'. 

2 .. 




37 00 
27 00 
20 00 
103 50 
40 76 
25 CO 
31 25 


25 51 






















..I l 

103 75 


35 £0 


5 1 
3 .. 


..1 l 

41 75 

114 50 
S2 00 



2 00 

£8 75 
38 25 



8 .. 


10 00 

1 00 

.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. '"266 

21 £0 

17 75 
2$ 00 

19 50 

20 75 


6 .. 

34 50 
30 50 


5 75 














3 .. 


' 2 

85 50 


1 00 

60 25 

27 00 


38 25 


2 00 

23 25 





'"6 50 
12 50 

8 00 

13 60 




17 CO 

29 00 







21 50 

37 S 

46 00 



18 75 
















11 .. 

2 .. 

6 .. 
10 .. 


.. 1 

77 CO 
93 50 



36 00 
127 00 


22 25 


16 25 

27 50 












12 50 


5 . 

.. 1 

18 00 







63 50 


3 . 


24 £0 


35 CO 


69 00 



2 . 

26 25 
30 25 






1 CO 

34 75 



34 50 

22 50 


8 . 

24 50 



i 3 




! 3 




15 25 


51 25 






45 50 


25 00 






20 00 

6 CC 

tl 25 

37 50 



Returns of Scbordl-atb Lodghb as at 24th Jote, 1893 

Z J 


Where held. 

405a Mattawa Mattawa 

406a The Spry Fenelon Falls . 

408 Murray" Beaverton 

409a Golden Rule Gravenhurst . . 

410a Zeta Toronto 

411a Rodnev Rodney 

41 a Keystone S. Ste Marie . 

413fl Naphtali Tilbury Centre 

414 Pequonga Rat Portage . 

415a Fort William Fort William . 

418 Lyn [Lyn 

417a,Keewatin [Keewatin Mills 

4' 8a ! Max ville I Max ville . . . 

419a Bismarck .'Point Edward 

42Ta.Nipissing North Bay . 

421« Seott Grand Talley 

422a Star of the East .. Bothwell . . . 

423a Strong |Sundridge .. 

J24a;Doric Pickering . . 

425a St. Clair Port Lambton 

426 Istanley \V. Tor. June 

427 Nickel Sudbury . . . 

428 Fidelity 'Port Perry 

429 , Port Elgin Port Elgin 

430 Acacia East Toronto.. 

431 I Moravian Eden Grove .. 

Night of 

1st Tuesday .. 

nd Friday 

Tu. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
4th Thursday. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
1st Wednesday 
1st Wednesday 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
1st Friday 

nd Tuesday . . 
2nd Monday . . 
■2nd Thursday . 
W. on or b.f.m. 
W. on or b f.m. 
3rd Wednesday 
Th. on or b.fin. 
Tu. on or b.f.m. 
1st Tuesday .. 
1st Wednesday 
Fr. on or b.f.m. 
Th. on or b.f.m. 
?rd Monday . . 
Fr. on or a. f.m. 

John De Lousa . 

G. J. Nie 

A. Grant 

Neil McCallum . . 
G. J. Bennett . 
A. Humphrey . . 
J. F. Grimes. . . . 

A. Campbell. . . 
R<bt. McGregor 
George A. Hoag 
D. L. Mather . . 
C. T. Smith .... 

B. F. George . . 
A. R. Morris.... 
Geo. H. Cooper 

W. Shelly 

A. J. Howes .... 
John Gormlev . . 
Win. J Findlay 
G. W. Clendenan 

A. J . Davis 

W. H. Rubv .... 
M. P. McMaster 
Thos- Pinkerton 


H. Boletho 

Stephen Nevison . . 

F. S: King 

W: H. Brown 

W. Walker 

E. A. Hugill 

J. M. Wemyss 

David Kennedy . . . 
D. F. Ferguson .... 
Joseph R. Mc'Nabb 
A. E. Cumming . . 
R. A. Mather 

C. A. Switzer ... 
William Mitchell 

D. Thompson 

Herbert Stuckey . . 
Charles E. Baylev . 

E. O. Taylor ....".. 

George Kerr 

Wm. H. McDonald 
Thos. E. Frankish . . 

S. Rondeau 

J. H. Brown 

A. Miller 

J. McMast«r 

W. J. McKeeman 



and Last Returns Prior to the Ledger Balances at 31st May, 1893.— Continued. 







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Eh 0) 




L odge. 




Dr. Bal. 

Cr. Bal. 





































Dec, '92 
Pec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '9t 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec,, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec , '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
June, '92 
Dec, '&2 
Tec, '92 
Dee , '92 
June '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec, '92 
Dec , '92 

*1C6 50 
3 9 CO 


£24 00 


30 25 


54 76 


20 50 


70 CO 
60 tO 




66 fO 




2 00 

60 75 
18 00 




41 00 


46 00 


61 00 





96 00 













2 50 

2 00 

16 00 
34 76 






29 75 


47 00 


16 CO 

55 75 


31 25 



7 25 


23 00 


20 ro 





Fund . . 

?463 19 

449 00 

1061 00 









$870 26 

$263 26||21103 94 




ERIE DISTRICT, NO. 1. (2?.) 

D.D G.M.— R. W. Bro. A. H. Von Gunten, Chatham. 







Thistle Amherstburg 

St. George Kingsville 

Wellington Chatham 

Great Western Windsor 

Tecumseh Thainesville 

Sydenham Dresden 

Parthenon Chatham 

Kent Blenheim 

Lome Glencoe 

Leamington Leamington 

Pnyx Wallaceburg 

.No. 327, The Hammond Wardsville 

" 33', Highgate Highgate 

" 386, McColl West Lome 

" 390, Florence Florence 

" 391, Howard Ridgetown 

" 395, Parvaim Comber 

" 4 2, Central Essex Centre 

" 4 '3, Windsor ... Windsor 

" -ill, Rodney Rodnev 

" 4 1 3, Naphtali Tilbury Centre 

" 422, Star of the East Both well 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. Frederic Goodier, Watford. 
Victoria Sarnia No. 294, Moore Mooretown 

St. John's Mt. Brydges 

Beaver. ... Strathroy 

Cassia Thedford 

Bums Wyoming 

Alexandra Oil Springs 

Petrolia Petrolia 

Havelock Watford 

Washington Petrolia 

Forest Forest 

307, Arkona Arkona 

324, Alvinston Alvinston 

323, Ionic Napier 

f 64, Dufferin Melbourne 

392, Huron Camlachie 

397, Leopold Brigden 

419, Bismarck Point Edward 

425, St. Clair . Port Lambton 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. P. W. D. Brodrick, London. 

No. 20, St. John's London 

42, St. George's London 

•• 44, St Thomas St. Thomas 

04, Kilwinning London 

" 94, St. Mark's Port Stanley 

" 107, St. Paul's Lambeth 

" 120, Warren Fingal 

" 140, Malahide Ay liner 

" 171, Prince of Wales Iona 

" 176, Spartan Sparta 

" 190, Belmont .. Belmont 

" 195, Tuscan London 

" 2 ^a, St. John's London 

"• 23 ', Cameron Dutton 


I « 

2s9, Doric Lobo 

3 10, Mt ( Hi vet Thorndale 

302, St. David's St. Thomas 

330, Corinthian, London East 

344, Merrill Dorchester Station 

.:4. r >, Nilestown Nilestown 

353, Delaware Valley . . Delaware 

378, King Solomon's London West 

379, Middlesex Bryanston 

330, Union London 

3SS, Henderson Ilderton 

:-94, Kin;; Solomon Thamesford 

S99, Moffatt Harrietsville 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. Wm. Dawson, Sylvan. 

No. 33, 

" 73, 

" 8i, 

" 133, 

" 141, 

" 144, 

" 154, 

" 170, 

Maitland Goderich 

St. James St. Mary's 

Clinton ...Clinton 

Lebanon Forest Exeter 

Tudor Mitchell 

Tecumseh. Stratford 

Irving Lucan 

Britannia Seaforth 

No. 205, New Dominion ...New Hamburg 

" 221, Zurich Hensall 

" 233, Doric Park Hill 

" 303, Blyth Blyth 

" 309, Morning Star Smith's Hill 

" 3 8, Wilmot Baden 

" 332, Stratford Stratford 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. D. Collins, Kincardine. 






Northern Light Kincardine 

St. Lawrence Southampton 

Forest Wroxeter 

Old Light Lucknow 

Saugeen Walkerton 

Bernard Listow el 

Aldworth Paisley 

Teeswater Teeswater 

St. John's Brussels 

286, Wingham Wingham 

331, Ford wich Fordwich 

341, Bruce Tiverton 

362, Maple Leaf Tara 

393, Forest ChesleT 

396, Cedar Wiarton 

429, Port Elgin Port Elgin 

431, Moravian Eden Grove 




D.D.G.M.— R.W. Bro. A. 

10, Norfolk Simcoe 

37, King Hiram Ingersoll 

4.3, King Solomon Woodstock 

68, St . John's Ingersoll 

76, Oxford Woodstock 

78, King Hiram Tilsonburg 

82, St. John's Paris 

104, St. John's Norwich 

106, Burford Burford 

108, Blenheim Princeton 

113, Wilson Waterford 

McCurdy, M.D., Norwich. 

No. 149, Erie, Port Dover 

" 174, Walsingham Port Rowan 

" 178, Plattsville Plattsville 

" 181, Oriental Port Burwell 

" 193, Scotland Scotland 

" 217, Frederick Delhi 

" 237, Vienna Vienna 

" 250, Thistle Embro 

" 261, Oak Branch Innerkip 

" 369, Vittoria Vittoria 

No. 72. 

" 151, 

" 172, 

" 18), 

" 200, 

" 2f3, 

" 216, 

" 257, 

" 258, 

" 262, 

" 271, 


D.D.G.M.— R.W. Bro Charles Pettiford, Guelph. 

Alma Gait 

The Grand River Berlin 

Ayr Ayr 

Speed Guelph 

St Alban's Mount Forest 

Irvine Elora 

Harris '. Orangeville 

Gait Gait 

Guelph Guelph 

Harriston Harriston 

Wellington Erin 

No. 279, New Hope Hespeler 

" 295, Conestogo Drayton 

* : 295, Preston Preston 

" 30^, Durham Durham 

" 314, Blair Palmerston 

" 315, Clifford Clifford 

" 334, Prince Arthur Arthur 

" 347, Mercer Fergus 

" 361, Waverlev .... Guelph 

" 421, Scott Grand Valley 


D.D.G.M.— R W. Bro F. C. Heath, M.D., Brantford. 


6, Barton Hamilton 

27, Strict Observance Hamilton 

40, St. John's Hamilton 

45, Brant Brantford 

57, Harmon}' Binbrook 

61, Acacia Hamilton 

62, St. Andrew's Caledonia 

100, Valley Dundas 

12 1, Doric Brantford 

135, St. Clair Milton 

165, BurliDgton Burlington 

No. 166, Wentworth Stoney Creek 

' ' 219, Credit Georgetown 

" 243, St. George St. George 

" 272, Seymour Ancaster 

" 291, Duff erin West Flamboro' 

" 321, Walker Acton West 

" 324, Temple Hamilton 

" 357, Waterdown Waterdown 

" 382, Doric Hamilton 

" 400, Oakville Oakville 


D.D.G M.— R.W. Bro. W. B. Sanders, Stayner. 

No. 79, Simcoe Bradford 

88, St. George's Owen Sound 

'.mi, Manito Collingwood 

86, Corinthian Barrie 

Ps, True Blue Albion 

137, Pvthagoras Meaford 

1^2, Orillia Orillia 

23' >, Kerr Barrie 

234, Beaver Clarksburg 

23b, Manitoba Cookstown 

249, Caledonia Midland 

266, Northern Stayner 

285, Seven Star Alliston 

304, Minerva Stroud 

322, North Star Owen Sound 

333, Prince Arthur Flesherton 

348, Georgian Penetanguishene 

377, Lome Shelburne 

385, Spry Beeton 



1 59, 

D.D.G.M.— R.W. Bro. 

Niagara Niagara 

Union Grimsby 

St. George's .... St. Catharines 

Amity Dunnville 

St. John's Cayuga 

Maple Leaf St. Catharines ' 

St. Mark's Drummondville 

Ivy Beamsville 

Merritt Welland 

Macnab Port Colborne 

Enniskillen York 


James Noble, Jarvis. 

No. 221, Mountain Thorold 

" 254, Clifton Niagara Falls 

" 277, Sevmour Port Dalhousie 

" 286, Temple St. Catharines 

" 319, Hiram Hagersville 

" 32°, King Solomon Jarvis 

•' 337, Myrtle Port Robinson 

" 338, Dufferin Wellandport 

" 372, Palmer Victoria 

" 373, Copestone Welland 




D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. Geo. Tait, Toronto. 

Xo. 16, St. Andrews Toronto 

22, King Solomon's Toronto 

" 23, Richmond Richmond Hill 

" 25, Ionic Toronto 

" 54, Vaughan Maple 

" 65, Rehoboam Toronto 

" 75, St. John's Toronto 

" 86, Wilson Toronto 

" 87, Markham Union Markham 

" 97, Sharon Sharon 

" 99, Tuscan Newmarket 

" 118, Union Schombeig 

" 129, The Rising Sun Aurora 

" 136, Richardson Stouffville 

" 156, York Ellington 

" 218, Stevenson Toronto 

" 220, Zeredatha Uxbridge 

" 229, Ionic Brampton 

" 247, Ashlar Toronto 

No. 265. Patterson Thornhill 

169, Brougham Union Brougham 

292, Robertson Nobleton 

305, Humber Weston 

311, Blackwood Woodbridge 

316, Doric Toronto 

326, Zetland Toronto 

339, Orient Toronto 

343, Georgina Sutton West 

346, Occident Toronto 

354, Brock Cannington 

356, River Park Streetsville 

367, St. George Toronto 

369, Mimico Lambton 

384, Alpha Toronto 

410, Zeta Toronto 

424. Doric Pickering 

426, Stanley Toronto Junction 

430, Acacia East Toronto 






D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. S. H. Armour, Lindsay. 

Ontario Port Hope 

Composite Whitby 

Jerusalem Bowmanville 

Mount Zion Brooklin 

Durham Newcastle 

Faithful Brethren Lindsay 

Corinthian Peterborough 

Hope Port Hope 

Lebanon Oshawa 

J. B. Hall . .Millbrook 

Peterborough Peterborough 

No. 223, Norwood Norwood 

268, Verulam Bobcaygeon 

5:70 Cedar Oshawa 

313, Clementi Lakefield 

325, Orono Orono 

374, Keene Keene 

375, Lome Omemee 

398, Victoria Victoria Road 

406, The Spry Fenelon Falls 

408, Murray Beaverton 

428, Fidelity Port Perry 


D D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. Win. Webster, Belleville. 

Moira Belleville 

St. John's Cobourg 

Prince Edward Picton 

United Brighton 

Trent Trenton 

Madoc Madoc 

Consecon Consecon 

Stirling Stirling 

Colborne Colborne 

The Belleville Belleville 

No. 126, Golden Rule Campbellford 

127, Franck Frankfort 

161, Percy Warkworth 

164, Star in the East Wellington 

215, Lake Ameliasburg 

222, Marmora Marmora 

239, Tweed Tweed 

278, Mystic Roslin 

2S3, Eureka Belleville 

401 , Craig Deseronto 

o. 14. (13.) 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. Geo. Taylor, Gananoque. 

3, The Ancient St. John's.. Kingston No. 

P, Union Napanee 

92, Cataraqui Kingston 

109, Albion Harrowsmith 

lit. Maple Leaf Bath 

146, Prince of Wales Newburg 

157, Simpson Newboro' 


D.D.G.M.— R. W. Bro. John F. Graham, Prescott. 

201, Leeds Gananoque 

212, Elysian . . Garden Island 

228, Prince Arthur Odessa 

253, Minden Kingston 

29^, Victoria Centreville 

404, Lome Tamworth 

No. 5, Sussex Brockville 

" 14, True Britons Perth 

" 24, St. Francis Smith's Falls 

" 28, Mount Zion Kemptville 

" 55, Merrickville Merrickville 

" 74, St. James Maitland 

" 85, Rising Sun Farmersville 

" 110, Central Prescott 

" 125, Cornwall Cornwall 

" 14?, Excelsior Morrisburg 

" 143, Friendly Brothers Iroquois 

No. 207, Lancaster Lancaster 

242, Macoy Mallory town 

256, Farran's Point .... Farran's Point 

320, Chesterville Chesterville 

368, Salem Brockville 

370, Harmony Delta 

3S3, Henderson West Winchester 

387, Lansdowne Lansdowne 

389, Crystal Fountain. .North Augusta 

416, Lyn Lvn 

418, Maxville Maxville 









D.D.G.M.— R.W. Bio. B 

St. John's Yankleek Hill 

Dalhousie Otl awa 

1 >oric - . - Ottawa 

St. John's Carleton Place 

Renfrew Renfrew 

Pembroke Pembroke 

Mississippi Almonte 

Civil Service Ottawa 

Goodwood Richmond ' 

. \V. Stephen, Ottawa. 

No. 1 77, The Builders' Ottawa 

" 186, l'lantagenet Plantagenet 

' L9 , Madawaska Arnprior 

" 209, Evergreen Lanark 

" 231, Lodge of Fidelity Ottawa 

" 264, Chaudiere Ottawa 

" 371, Prince of Wales Ottawa 

" 405, Mattawa Mattawa 

D.D G..M. 


-R.W. Bro. Richard McNabb, Fort William. 



3; 6 


Shuniah Port Arthur 

Key St. .Hi. .... Sault Sir Marie 
Pequonga . . Rat Portage 

415, Fort William Fort William 

417, Keewatin Keewatin Mills 


D.D.G M.— R.W. Bro. W. H. Burgess, North Bay. 

Granite Parry Sound 

Musk oka Bracebridge 

Unity .. Huntevilie 

Golden Rule Grave nhurst 

No. 4 i'ii, Nippissing North Bay 

" 42i, Strong Sundridge 

" 427, Nickel Sudbury 

St. Clair 


South Huron 

North Huron 








Prince Edward 


St. Lawrence 




Unattached . , 


No. 293, The Royal Solomon Mother. Jerusalem, Palestine. 

1 22 Lodges 

2 . .. 19 " 


District No. 



No. 119— S. D. Williams. 148— Fred. E. P. Aldrich. 343— Murdock Seth Chapman. 

SUSPENSIONS U. M. C, 1892-1893. 
No. 75— lol :. Ewen. 121— S. S. Hamill. 155— A. V. R. Young. 271— Wellington 
Hull. l\ Jennings. 412- N. McNaughton. 

No. Z— C. 0. Milloy, G. Plaxter. 3— W. F. Godson. 5— G. R. Hervy. 1G— William 
Bowman. W. H. Adams Thomas J Blake, J. T. Edwards, R. Gilrav, CM, Swanson D. 
Wilson, H, Wallwin. IS— W. H. Orchard, P. Merrill, W. D. P. 'Wilson, D. Wilson. 
22 — John Perkins, John Harrison, Joseph Simpson, II. Lower, D. Bell. 23— Samuel 
Finlev, Thomas J. Leckie, James C. McDonald 27 — os. Hargrove, J. E. Hampson, 
J. Kinleyside, B. Middlewood, J.C. McPherson. 31— F. F. McArthur, D. Beath, D.B. 
Fogg, W. McSpadden, L. A. Tale. M. R. Woodhouse. 32— M. C. Straight, T. Braund. 
34— C. H. Kemp, R. J. Healy, J. E. Margin, Henry Martin. C— John Adams, H. J. 
Brend, Wm. McLaren, W. Rogers. 42 — S. Cooper, G. England, W. M. Moore, F. C. 
Rogers, J. J. Gould, J. Burns. 44— James Shaw, D. L. Wright. 50— F. Flagler. 52- 


J. Bannerman, R. W. Hepburn, John W. McDonald. 55— A. Burchell, B. Silver, H.C. 
Cornell. 56— W. E. Prinze. 58— H B. Billing, H. Johnston, W. E. Loper, \V. H. 
Loux, P R. Neale, James Ritchie, G. H. Taylor. 61— A. H. Otto, J. C. N. Jen- 
kins, John Campbell. 6 —John Cameron, James McNeeley. 64 -A. H. Hughes, 
W. T. Gartlev, John Clifton, James Thompson, Henry Gibbens, G. W. Nickels. 68 -A. 
Maeaulay, H. G. Wood. 6 '— W. Bradley, \\ . Vance, James Rosebush. 72— F. Pat- 
tridge, R. S. Blain, W. Connell, J. W Middleton, A. Steel, P. Henderson. 75—R. F. 
Bloomer, A. Hillock, W. S. H. London, J H. Lowe, Charles Field, Charles Rees 81 — 
P. Myers, J. Parker, \V. H. Smith, George Robinson. 83— R. Chambers, R. Suther- 
land," J. Black, T. P. Harris, A Galbraith, J. E. Laulor, W. W. Crossley, M. Prangley. 
85— A. Wherry, S. E. Leehy, W. H. Palmer, D. Wiltse. 86— John Kennedy, J. N. 
Chaperon. 87— A. G. Crosby. 90— A. McTaggart. 93— S. Caldwell, J J. Bradley, D. 
Kennedy, D. K Mitchell, H. A. Macintosh. 98— A. Dixon, C. Noble, D. Morton, D. 
Munse, J. D. Stevenson. James Wilson (traveller), James Wolf, John W. Wadsworth. 
9a— J. T. C. Yarker, G Wood. 107— H. B. Smith. 113— E. H. Long, D Parney, W.J. 
Devereaux, C. N. Tirhworth. 116 — S. E. Ryan. Hi — H. Nolan, John Cochran, J. 
Larkin, T. Jennings. 1-20— W. A. Doyle, J. McG. Miller, G. W. Moore. 123— G. J. 
Smith John Gilbert, George Twining, F. M. Cobb, G. D. Lamont. 126— S. C. Cock, E. 
Peppard. 129— T.G. Holmes, Geo.Bishop 131— J. E. Campbell. 133— Win. Sanders, W. 
H. Moncur, J. N. Hooper. 141— Win. Fowler. 146— D. Bird, D. A. Burdette, H. T. 
Flvnn Wm Farrell. 14-.— F. E. P. Aldrich, L. V. Macdougall. 149— Ben. Lade, Wm. 
Reid, James Soper, T. F. Grey. 151— C. Mogk, R. H. Liddall, George Ellis. 155- P.D. 
Peace. 156— W. J. Langrill. 157— J. E. C. Marks 161— L. W. Allingham, H. W. 
Herchimer. 166— N. A. Johnston. 170— M Robertson. 176— R. Lockie, W. Menard, 
J Turrell, W. Smith C. Gloin. 178— Wm. Dunn. 18C— R. Hunter, James Ritchie, 
James Alexander, C. G. Little, P. Dudgeon. 1S1— D. Foster. 1S4— B. Mallough. 195— 
Wm. Lind, C. Elliott. 196— Wm. Hodgins, R. Fleming, J. W. Ward. 197— T.W. Roll, 
ston. 20^' — J.C.Carter. 201 — Mat. Clark, R. Austin. H. Brownley, Hy. Brown, Alex- 
Adams, H. Capes. 209— C. H. Collinson, James Downs, S. F. Peters, O. G. Bailey. 
216— W. J. Johnston, John F. Ewings, V. C. Crockett. 2i7— M. Veit. li ; S — J. R. 
Saule. 220— G. P. M. Hobson. 221— W. M. Hendershot, W. Cavers, John Stewart, H. 
Patrick, H. W. Durham, G. Turner, W. Hansel, C. A. Kyle, R. Marsland, W. T. Peter- 
son. 223 — S. P. Ford, l>. Rose, F. J. Moore, J. Armstrong, J. Harper, E. Williams, J. 
Mardins, J. T. Cunnvworth. 224 — John Walker, J. C. Anderson. 230 — J.Y. Turner, 
W Maundrill, F. Willmott, W. Reynolds. 231 W. A. Gibson. 235— John Morrison. 
242— G. W. White, W T. Hodge. 243 G. E. Beemer. 245— R. Ward, E. S. Williams, 
N. Sutherland, Lenord Williams -.47— R. Ridley, R. Fleming, T. Fisher, T.V. Gearing. 
249 — F. Hammel, C. J. Parker, Robert Mallock 250 — R. Ross, J. Reid, H. Ross, E. 
White. 253— D. Hay. 254 - James A. Liddle, A. Coulthurst. 255— A. Trerin, J. B. 
Tiffon 256— H. V. Morgan, H. G. Werelev. 26 —George Preston, F. D. Ramsay, 
Thomas Cunningham. 263— Alex. Watt, G. W. Dickey, N. Boyd. 264— T. J. War- 
wicker 265— W. R. Bowman, D. Clark, W.T. Brown, E. Bacon, D. Duncan, J.M. Rid- 
ler, F. Adams, E. C. Davis. 269— J. W. Cowie, S. G. Pickett, D Annan. 272— D. C. 
Shaver, T. Banslaugh, J. P. Ogden. 283— J. S. C. Ostrom, G. S. Stirling, E. Richard- 
son, W.B. Phillips, Wm. M. Ransom, C R. Ostrom 281— F. C. Rogers, J. J. Denuian, 
T. Angus, J. Drewe, W.H Moss, N. Richardson 292— D. MeGillivray, J. Noble. 296— 
A. W. Kinsman, John E Carroll, C. Young, A. L. Mitchell. 299— A. Clancy, L. Bell. 
300-J. Wonacott. '■'. 2 -I>. A. McAfee, A.J. Clark, John Coulev, W J. Stevens. 303— 
James Fortune, J. E Johnston, E. Stuernol, D. Erwin. 306— H. McKinnon, J. Towns- 
end. 311— J. B. McCullough. 312— D. C. Huntoon. 316— F.S. Alderdice, F. Britton, 
W. M. Laughton, F. Perry, J.L. Stoddart. 320— E. A. Cameron, W. McLeod, A Hodg- 
son 321— John C. Allan." 324— R.B. Skinner, W.H. Robinson, G. Anderson, jr. 325— 
Wm. Staples, E. Pinder. 326— A. G. W. Fraser, A. J. Turnbull, S. Wilson. 328- 
Th. mias Humble, John King. 329— E. A. Hart, J. Hawthorn. 330— J. T. Marsh, P. 
Shannon, C. L. Driefir, J. O. Calhoun, W. H. Taylor, H. Stanyer, W. Reynolds. 331— 
R (arter, George Johnston. 336 — James Stoticker. 338— Walter Misener, K. H. Tis- 
dale. 341— James Graham, John James. 343 -D. H Sprague, A Gould, R. Sturt- 
ridge, W. H. Wood, J. B. Sprague, J. Spalding, S. Johnson, H. Park, J Willoughbv, J. 
A. Morton, C. Reyner, G. Burrows, W, Stoneh^use, J. Chalmers, J. Abbu 340 — i. E. 
Blacker, Thos. Coffin, R.R. Gormully, T.J. Maughan, McJ.T Stephens, T. Westlake, F. 
i 348— . I. M. Craigie, Jno. Brown, A. Ferguson, J. Patterson, J. Cowper. 352 — 

L. B. Quebec, W. Spence. 354 — V. Haney, D. C. McLean, R. F. Killaley. 357 — John 
Palmer, D Lambe, E H. Robson, R. W. Speck, R. B. Smith, W. Docking, A M. Hob- 
son, S Smith 361 — F. H. Braser, D. Thompson, John Stuart, H. E Richardson, J. 
A Saunders, B. Lawton. 367— Wm. Hill, J. Hudson, T. J. Gerry. 368— T G. Ballan- 
tyne, W. T. Meyers, P Perry, F. A Mansell, T. Brady, A. Caswell, T. A. Elliott 369 
—Thomas Edwards, William Moore, William McKenzie 375 — J. A. Calder, W. J. 
Redmond 380 — R Griffith, W Hinton, C. L. Elliott, E. R Robinson, R B. Walker, 
W J Thompson, William Hunter, J SI. Alton, J. C. Bobbins, P. Levy, William H. 
Pavne. 3S2— A. Blacksler, J. F. Chittenden 3S3— P. Hutt, J. A Mcintosh, A. Mcin- 
tosh A. S. Shaver, James Minmons, E. L. White. 3S4— J. M. Ridler, I. Lennox, J. Banks, 


W. J. Foster, \V. Grumbaeher. \Y. E. Maunder, R. McMillan, A. McA. Taylor, J. H. Lowe, 
R. W. Boyd. 3SS — I. P. Stewart, D. O'Neil, W. Russell, P. Dow, H F Aylesworth. 
391—1,. Carpenter, Thomas Lawton. James Vair. 393 — B. S. Hammill, John Hether- 
Ingfcon. 396— R. Davis, T. II. Laughead. 398— W. H. Decater, W. Mclnnes, B. Pear- 
son, J. R. Graham, Robert Munro, I>. McFadden, A. N. Wismer, J. Kellington. 401 — 
George Evans. 403— J. F. Jackson, II. D. Hinds, J. B. Churchill. 408— R J Turner, 
J. Gordon, W Muim. \V. J. Oman, H. T. Waller. William Joyce, W. Hamilton. 409 
— H. Gregg, George Clark, William Irving. 410— Thomas Doherty, G. W. Miller, D. 
A. Thurston, W. C. Price. 412— T. S. Losie, S. T. Bowker, D. R. McPhail, J. A. Dun- 
seith, s. Kin-. X McNaughton. 413 -E. C. Luck, James W. Mills, G. J. Fielder. 414 
W. Halstead, W. J. Doyley, C. Carey, M. McKenzie, W. Lain-, John Houston, H. L. 
Grant 416 — W. H. Burns. 418 -James A. Crawford, Hugh A. Munroe. 419 — James 
Campbell. John T. Mcintosh. 420 — John Hill. S. McC'ormack, James A. Patton, L. 
W. Hart James Driver, James H. Hall. 424 — D. Annan, John R. Hoover. 425 — D. 
K. Stenton, A. A. Enight. 


No. 5— W. T. Dockrill, Robert Boyd, Joseph West. C— G. S. Grange. 10— John 
Scott. 14— R. E. Burke. 18— E. R. Miller. 26— M. C. Lvnde. 27— J. E. Hampson. 
28— A. J. Cameron. 29— John Butler. 32— T. Scholfield. 33— J. W. Pharis. 35— John 
Bell, E. W. Scarlett 38— E. Coolev, L. Abbott, Sr. 40— C. Lester, John Cox. 42— R. 
P. Wright. 45— D. S. Anderson. 46— H. Fitzsimmons. 50— P. V. Beech. 52— P. A. 
Tavlor. 55— Hugh McGurrill. 56— William Foster, J. Stover. 61— H. Bassett, H. 
Hyson. 6 "— F. Teskey. 64— C. A. Sippi, S. H. Craig. «— G. A. Burrett. 69— J." 
Hawley. 76 — I. A. Close, J. Havener, Charles lies. 8' — William Lundie. S3 — M. 
Prangley, C. Manning. 86 — James McBean. H. Morrison. 91 — B. Hinman, P. Hinman, 
J. Petitt, M. II. Peterson, H. Hieks. 92— James O. Gordon. 93-Robert Malcolm. 
98— Christopher Noble, William Fleming. 99— W. Elvidge, John Savage. 104— H. B. 
Anderson i07 — George Adcock, W. K. Pencombe. 115 — James Simpson. 116 — E. 
Ryan. 122 — Tamo Thompson. 129 W. A. Pain. 137— W. C Dunseath. 143— W. J. 
Fletcher. 144— A. H. Thompson, J. J. Barton. 14."— Henry R. Spencer. 157— M. H. 
Sweet, T. K. Scovil. 171— Augustus Clark. 94— A. G. Walton 195— C. Elliott. 
196— K. D. Featherston. 197— James M. Beath, W. Walsh. 20:'— C. Davison, J. F. 
Kilgour. 201— J. A. Acton. 212— A. Milligan. 216— F. W. Lewis. 218— J. W. 
Moore, Coleman Finn, W. R. Roberts. 220 — William Cordon, M. X. Dafoe, Thomas 
Margrutton, W. W. Johnston, J. C. Widdifield. 221 — William Aitcheson, D. Carr, W. 
M. Hendershot, William < lavi rs, Henry Patrick. '.23— S. H. Dewart. 2-3 — John Iron- 
sides, D. Burness. 235 — T. Pinkerton A. McArthur, James Dongan, M. Irvin, John 
Munn, A. Mcintosh, John Brandt, Bobert Blackbourn. 238 — H. Morrison. 242 — A. 
McDonald. 24 — E. S. Williams. '.47— T. V. Gearing. 255— W. T. Prangley. 258— 
Samuel Culshaw 204— T. J. Warwicker. 266— J. J. Pilkev, F. J. Jewell, Robert 
Henderson. 2t9— W. B. Turner v74— A. L. Peacock. 276— Hugh Dyatt. 27:— B 
Gregory. 2s4 — D. McCormick, J. J. Denman. 285 — William Elliott, Henry Mcintosh. 
296— N. McL. Black. 02— L. D. Close, J. Caldecott. 307- Henry Detwiler. t09— 
W. J Harris 3 2 — J. L. Hudson, J. It Morton, John Fischer, James Graham. 318— 
R. Dixon. 3 9— W. M. Webb. 322— Wm. Craig. J. A. Piatt. 26— G. H. McPherson. 
332— W. H. Worburton. 339— Alezander Gibb, R. Newell. 341— George Rusk. 346— 
Gilbert Cranshaw. 348 George Huff. 354— R. C. Brandon. 356— William Davidson, 
J. T. Joyce. 359— W. R. Summerfeldt, A. O. Wood. 367— Daniel McKenzie, Robert 
J. Read' S6S— T. <;. Ballantyne. 382— T. Richmond. 384— James R. Barnhart. 388 
—Thomas Hodgins. 390— G* Reintgen. 392— D. Campbell. 406— F. Sandford. 420— 
L. H. Hart. 

DEATHS, 189243. 

No. ?— G. J. Miller, 25th March, "9*. 3— W. J. B. McLeod Moore, 1st September, ': ; 
Robert Sellers, 14th October '00 ; W. II. Henderson, 13th August, '92 ; G. M. Wilkin- 
son, 14th January. '.3 : T. V. Civet, 17th April, MS ; W. J. Wilson, 2nd March, '! ■:-: ; R. 
Eint, : rd April, '93. 5— John Harris, 8th March, Y3. 6— James N. McNeil, 21st Aug- 
ust, '9' ; Richard Bull, 7th March. '93. 10— W. Holmwood, 24th September, '92 : E. A. 
Thoroughgood, 15th November, '92. 11 — W. J. Wilson, 17th February. '93. 14— James 
S. Motherwell. 15th December, '92. IS— J. W. King, 15th June, ': 3, John Burrow, 10th 
June,' • : C. M. Bligh, loth August, '92. 16— W. G. Storm, 8th August, '92 ; J. Fen- 
nell, SrdSeptember, '.'2 ; N. G. Bigelow, 4th November, '92. 17— J. T. A. Feir, 18th 
October, '9 '. 18— William Ellis, 2 th November, '92. 21a— D. A. Brackenrid-e, 2 nd 
February, '93. 22 — 1. F. P. arson, 28th November, '92; D. Preston, 1st April, '93; T. 
Clark, 22nd May, *93, S. M. Phenix, 20th April, 'i 3. 24— H. D. Chalmers, 29th August, 
92. 26 J. B. Trayes, 14th October, '92. 7— R. J. Hamilton, 10th September, '92 ; 
William McAulay, 22nd December. '92 ; Richard Bull, 7th March, '93 ; Robert Duncan, 
9th February, '93. 31— F. F. Richardson, 14th April, '93 ; W. W. Williamson, loth May, 
'93. 3 —A. Brow nson, 23rd February, '• 2 ; William Logan, 15th August, '9 \ 33— G. 
Swanson, 7th August, '92. 35— W. R. McFadden, 9th October, '9'. 37— W. Sudworth, 
3rd October, '92 ; J. B. Galloway, 17th November, '92 ; Charles Slawson, oth January, 


'J3. 3S— George W. Dench, 2nd May, '93 ; H. Van Home, 11th May, '93 ; D. F. Gee, 
25th February, '93; J. A. Porte, 1st March, '93 39— James R. Bickell, ZOth November, 
'91. 40— William Buscard, 13th October, '92; Arthur Doherty, *6th November, '92; 
Robert McLeod, 5th January, '93 : Charles Hill, 27th May, ' 3. 41— A. C. Black, 6th 
October, '92. 42— W. R. Vining, 5th January, '92 ; G. Burdett, ■ 7th March, '9? ; W. 
Buskard, 13th October, '9: : YV. Marshall, 11th November, '92 : G. Phillips, 15th April, 
'92. 4! -A. Kirkpatrick, 18th November, '92. 4.=)— J. YV. Butler, 4th April, V3. 48— 
L. Golding, 13th November, '92 ; Isaac A. Blakely, 29th March, '9*. 58— W. H. Tracy, 
16th January, '93. ■ 1 -James Webster, January, '9 . 63— Joseph Stewart, 25th 
January, '92; J. Curtain, 2> th May, ' 2. 64— T. Brock, 5th January, '92 ; G. 
Edleston, 15th January, '9?: Henry Stedman, 13th February, '9 •. 6"->— Frederick 
Wright, 15th April, '93. 66 — James P. Loyekin, 0th June, '9 «. 6> -James Fothering- 
ham, 17th April, '93. 1 '. — Otto Klotz, 6th July, '92. 73 — Andrew Knox. September, 
"Al. 74— C. B. Lemon, 6th November, '9 ' : W. J. McDougall, 24th December, '92 ; W. 
H. Quartos, 6th June. '93 : A. C. Johns, 13th June, '93. 7 — R. McKein, I th August, 
'91 : A. R. Paul, -Joth November, 92; Thomas Penny, Mh February, '93. 76 — Henry 
Matthew, 22nd July, '92 ; George S. Bennett, loth January '93. 77— J. E. Dunham, 
17th December, '92 ; William McBurney, 7tn April, '93. 8 — Aaron Nash, 5th June 
'j3. 83 -Alexander Arthurs, i3th September, '9 i ; B. S. McGowan, 1st October, '9S : A. 
McPherson, 11th October. '9.'; Alexander Johnston, 19th lanuary, '93. St — John Wil- 
liams, lith September, '92 ; A. Worthington 7th February "93. S5 S. Bloucker, 6th 
July. '92. 8ft— A. K. Harris, llth April, '93 ; Joseph Priest man, September, '9.-. 90— 
Alexander Cameron, llth December, '»2. 92 — James Connor, 10th April, '93. 93 — D. 
Small, I'll) December, '92 ; R. Miller. 7th January '»8. !:6 — J antes Anderson 10th 
August. 92; W. Wallace 31st December, '92; R. A. Ross. 7th April, V3. 99— Wm. 
R. Phillips, 10th May, '92. 100— Alfred Bennett 20th June, '93. 101— Charles Burn- 
ham, 23rd July, '92. 1(3— James S. Biggar, llth May. V3. 105— Elgin Misener. Kth 
May, '93. 10 — D. H. Taylor, 4th April, '93. 107— Thomas Halls, 2. th December '92; 
John Best. 26th June. '93. 113— Thomas W. Clark, 10th November, '92. 115— A. L. 
Conse 16th August '9': John Notter, < th December, ' 2. 120 — J. M. Penwarden, 
January, '92. 121— H. A. Penfold, 30th November '92 ; W. B. Benly ?4th April, m ; 
George J. Kirchner. 1st June, '92. 1>2 — I ohn Wallace, 20th March '63; ohn Mcliae. 
15th May. '93 123 -J. W Brown, 1st October, '# ; C. E. Pringle, 20th February. '93. 
12"' — John Munro, 31st January, '93. 13 — Geo. Eacrett. 3ist January, 9^ ; Joseph 
Case 16th June, 93. 135— Hv. Watson, 2nd Aug.. '92. 136— Fred. W . Hill 28th an. '9'. 
14" — lames Taylor, : "th March. '93. 144— P. R. Shaver 2nd December, '92 ; A. John- 
ston, llth June, '93. 148— E. C. Hayden— August, '92. 149— B. Williams 5th Sep- 
tember, '92. 151— William Oelschlager, 5th February, '93. 152— S. T. Scott, 4th No- 
vember, '92 154— W. W. Deerham, 28th August, '92". 156— F. Brooks, 30th October, 
'92. 157— Alvin Wiltse, 22nd September. '92? 15s— W. P.. •French. 19th March, '93; 
George Robertson, 26th May, '93. 162— John Davidson, jr., 4th October, '92. 165— 
D. M Kenzie, 3rd October, '92. 166— Henry Lutz. 3rd April, '92. 168— T. W. Hooker, 
2nd November, '92 ; W. A. Smith, 12th January, '93 ; L. Boardman, ?3rd May, '93. 
176 — James Hepborn, 1st May, '93. 177 — D. Wilson, 1st December, '92. 178 — James 
Motherall, 12th November, '92. ISO— J. B. Armstrong, 1 ■ th December, '92. 192— 
Thomas D. Moase, 17th October, '92 ; C. Corbould, llth December, '92. 194— Thomas 
King llth October, '92. 201 — James, Birmingham. 4<h November, '92; J. P. Ballan- 
tyne 25th November, '92 : R. S. Patterson, 17th December '92; T. H. Durable, 10th 
March '9'. 20 <— Thomas Biggar, 21st May, '92. 209a— F. H. McGiMivray. 2;'th Octo- 
ber, '92; John Carrothers, llth April. '93. 209— John H. Bothwell, 12th November, '92; 
Joseph Bond, 7th-December, '92. 215— Jacob Miller, 12th March, '9 l. 216 — J. Jenkins, 
27th November. '92. 218— W. H. Davis, llth January '3; Thomas R Davis. 1: th 
May. '93. 219— James Hortop 6th September, '92 221— J. G. Walker, 2nd January, 
93. 222— Robert Edgar, ltth September. '92. 225- 'ohn Nichol, 7th October. '92: 
James Curry. 19th Mav, '93. 228— Peter Ewart, 25th April, '93. 231 — John Smillie, 
10th May, '93. 233— D. Thompson, 5th November '92 : John Arnold. 9th February. 
'93. 234— Thomas Gibson, 31st January, '93. $36— William Bradley, thMay,'9 ; G. 
W. Mallooh, ZOth May. '93. 24?— E Wallace, 15th February. -9; E. Steer —October, 
'til ; G. R. Gordon, May, 91 ; E. Beachlev. '91. 253— Phillip Hajus 3rd March, '93. 
251— Ed. Swift, no date. 260— W. B. Walsh, 21st February. '93 264— A. Thebarge, 
13th October, '92. 265— John Black, no date. 268— N. Barnhart, 12th April, '93. 274 
—Robert Macoun, 17th November, '9! ; A. M. Shaw 5th May, '93. 278—1. Roblin, 6th 
July, '9.'. 2S7— F. W. Heather. 2nd December, '92. 289— A. Sinclair, — September, 
'9i. 291— William Leckie, J 4th January, '93; Alfred Bennett, 18th June, '93. 297— 
Otto Klotz, 6th July. '92. 303— James Rath. 17th May, '93. 309— W. J. Harris, 21st 
April, '92. 312— J. F. Kennedy, 1st July '92; Joseph Booth, 22nd February, '93. 318 
—William Lier&ch, 17th April, '93. 3 '4— Archibald A. Muir, S2nd April, '93. 3 6— H. 
L. Broughall, 17th July, '92 ; J. S. Macdonald 4th June '93. 3'7— George Mansfield, 
3rd September. '92. 328 — Alexander Arthurs 13th September. '92, :-3>-Thoma 
Blackburn, 13th August, '92; A. J. Boyd, 19th February. '93. 339— G. W. Bad- 
gerow, 16th July, '92 ; D. G. Meldrum, 4th April, '93 : James McKerr w, Kth 


May, '93. 341— G. Matheson, 30th November, '92. 346— E. M. Shelton, lSth Novem- 
ber, '92; C. C. Robb, 15th December, '92. 347— John Murray, 7th March, '92 ; John 
Black, tth August, '92. 3 8— Robert Parker, 9th August, '92.' 352— D. W. "VVhyte, 9th 
March, '93. 354— J. W. Hainstock, 18th Februarv, '92. 3'9— Thomas Rowe, 17th Janu- 
ary, '93. 3f7— Wm. Hoskins, 23rd Febmarv, '93 ; J. A. Wills, 16th June, '93. 369— C. 
E.'Bi own, 5th Februarv, '93. S70— Alvin Waltse, '<?rd September, '92. 374— Thomas 
Campbell, 23rd January, '93. 375— Georg e Edward, 30th December, '92. 3t2— M. 
Brennen, 21st August, "'92. 3*4— F. D. Barker, 21st January, '93. 339— James E. 
Whaler. 3?0— M. Carey, ?4th December, '92. 393— J.K. Clarke, 24th March, '93 ; Wm. 
Dobbin, May, '93. 395— Wm. Mann, Sth April, '93. 403- James H. Wilkinson, 23rd 
July, '92. 4i 5— A.J. Le Heup, 3< th September, '92. 410- Frank R. Bailey, 18th June, 
9 3. 411— Robert McCorkell, 9th July, '92. 420— Solomon Wilson, 9th November, '92 ; 
422— George Mansfield, 2nd September, '92. 457— A. McNaughton, 24th April, '92. 
429— W. H. Ruby, 8th August, '92.5^' ,, 

















M.W. Bio. Hon. J. M. Gibson, Q.C Hamilton 


R.W. Bro. W. R. White, Q.C Pembroke 


R.W. Bro. A. H. Von Gunten Chatham Erie District No. 1 

" Frederick Goodier Watford St Clair " 2 

" P. W. D. Brodrick London London " 3 

" Wm. Dawson Sylvan South Huron " 4 

" D.Collins Kincardine North Huron " 5 

" A. McCurdv, M.D Norwich Wilson " 6 

Chas. Pettiford Guelph Wellington " 7 

F. C. Heath, M.D Brantford Hamilton 8 

" W.B.Sanders Stayner Georgian " 9 

" James Noble Jarvis Niagara " 10 

" George Tait Toronto Toronto " 11 

" S H. Armour... Lindsay Ontario " 12 

" W.Webster Belleville Prince Edward " 13 

" Geo. Taylor Gananoque Frontenac " 14 

" John F. Graham Prescott St. Lawrence " 15 

" R.W.Stephen Ottawa Ottawa " 16 

" Richard McNabb Fort William .... Algoma " 17 

" W. H. Burgess North Bay Nipissing 18 


R.W. Bro. L. Secord, M.D Brantford 

F. Cook Ottawa 


R.W. Bro. Rev. L. A. Betts Brockville 


M.W. Bro. Hugh Murray Hamilton 


R.W. Bro. R. J. Craig Cobourg 


R. W. Bro. J. J. Mason Hamilton 

V. W. Bro. E. C. Roper Orillia Grand Senior Deacon. 

" W. G. S. Reynolds Ottawa Grand Junior Deacon. 

" John Jones Toronto Grand Supt. of Works. 

" W. Watt, jr Brantford Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

" David Aitchison Hamilton ... .Assistant Grand Secretary. 

" A. M. Clark, M.D Woodstock " Dir. of Ceremonies. 

" W. T. Heaslip Gananoque Grand Sword Bearer. 

" E. Gardnei Toronto Grand Organist. 

" R. B. Brown Stratford .. . Assistant Grand Organist. 

" A. J. Howes Sundridge Grand Pursuivant. 


V. W. Bro. John Shaw Stilling V.W. Bro. Fred. Rogers Sault Ste. Marie 

" C. Senior Blenheim! " E. J. Voss . ... Toronto 

" Robt. Scott Petrolia " John H. Dickinson. Clarksburg 

" O. T. Bridle London " W. P. Kelley Simcoe 

" T. Blachmore .. Listowel " Richard Johnston .Palmerston 

" Samuel Henry Max ville < " Alex Bruce Guelph 


V.W. Bro. Ancil Mills Lindsay | V.W. Bro. L. A. Congdon Dunnville 


Bro. W. W. Summers, Hamilton. 




R. W. Bro. W. R. White, Q.C., Deputy Grand Master Pembroke 


R. W. Bro. J. E. Harding, Q.C Stratford 


M.W.Bro. Hon. J.M. Gibson, Q.C. Hamilton 

" " A. A. Stevenson Montreal 

" " J. K. Kerr, Q.C Toronto 

" " James Moffat London 

" " Daniel Spry Barrie 

" " Hugh Murray Hamilton 

M.W.Bro. H. Robertson, Q.C.Collingwood 

" " R. T. Walkem, Q.C Kingston 

" " J. Ross Robertson ... . Toronto 

R. W. Bro. W. R. White, Q. C... Pembroke 

" " L. Secord, M.D Brantford 

" " F.Cook Ottawa 


•o. A. H. Von Gunten Chatham 

Fred. Goodier Watford 

P. W. D. Brodrick London 

William Dawson Sylvan 

D. Collins Kincardine 

A. McCurdy Norwich 

Charles Pettiford Guelph 

F. C. Heath, M. D. . . . Brantford 
W. B. Sanders Stayner 

.. W. Bro. James Noble Jarvis 

" " George Tait Toronto 

" " S. H. Armour Lindsay 

" " W. Webster Belleville 

" " George Taylor Gananoque 

" " John F. Graham Prescott 

" " R. W. Stephen Ottawa 

" " Richard McNabb.. Fort William 

" " W. H. Burgess North Bay 


R.W. Bro. R. B. Hungerford London 

" " E. T. Malone Toronto 

" " Wm. Gibson, M. P. . . Beamsville 

" " J. C. Hegler Ingersoll 

" " J. S. Dewar London 

R.W. Bro. F. C. Martin Woodstock 

" "J. E. Harding, Q.C .... Stratford 

" " Wm. Roaf Toronto 

" " W. T. Toner Collingwood 

" " J. H. Burritt, Q.C... Pembroke 


R.W. Bro. D.H. Martyn, M.D.. Kincardine 
" " C. R. Church, M.D . ..Ottawa 

" " D. F. Macwatt Barrie 

" " J. E. D' Avignon Windsor 

" " H. J. Wilkinson Kingston 

R.W. Bro. G. C. Davis London 

" " Allan McLean . . Kingston 

" " Hugh Walker Guelph 

" " R. L. Gunn Hamilton 

" " Thos. Sargant Toronto 



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Annual Communication, where held 9 

next place of meeting 289 

Accounts, Grand Treasurer .... 57 

Address of Welcome to the Grand Master il 

" Grand Master 24 

" Report of Board on 282 

Audit and Finance, Report of Board on 259 

Appointment of Grand Officers 290 

Members of Board of General Purposes 288 

Benevolence, Report of Board on 262 

Board of General Purposes, Election of . 288 

" " " List of Members of 321 

Condition of Masonry, Report of Board on 264 

Credentials, Committee on 12 

District Deputy Grand Masters, Nomination of 287 

Deaths 309 

Expulsions 307 

Grand Lodge. 

Special Communication, Cornwall 3 

" " New Dublin 6 

Annual " Officers Present 9 

" " Members Present 12 

" " Officers Elected 287 

" " Officers Appointed 290 

Grievances and Appeals, Report of Bo.trd on 278 

Grand Representatives, Credentials presented by 288 

" " List of 322 

Grand Lodges, List of 322 

Grand Officers, List of 320 

" In Memoriam " Pages 312 

Lodges Represented at Annual Communication 12 

Lodges, List of 292 

" " by Districts 304 

Report of Grand Secretary 48 

Report of Grand Treasurer 57 

Report of D. D.G. M. , Erie District, No. 1 68 

St. Clair " " 2 80 

" " London " 3 95 

South Huron " " 4 Ill 




D.D.G.M., North Huron 

District No. 5. 
" 6. 



Wellington " 7 

Hamilton " " 8 

Georgian " 9 

Niagara " 10 

Toronto " " 11 

Ontario " " 12 

Prince Edward " " 13 

Frontenac " " 14 

St. Lawrence ". " 15 

Ottawa " " 16 

Algoma " " 17 

Nipissing " 18 

Reports of Board of General Purposes on : 

Audit and Finance 259 

Benevo'ence 262 

Printing and Supplies 258 

The Fraternal Dead 276 

Grievances and Appeals 278 

Warrants 258 

Grand Master's Address 282 

Condition of Masonry 264 

Foreign Correspondence 281 

Foreign Correspondence (Supplementary) 281 

Jurisprudence 278 

Constitution and Laws 280 

Report of Committee on Presentation to M. W. Bro. J. Ross Robert- 
son 283 

Report of Committee on Credentials 12, 286 

Report of Scrutineers of Ballot 287 

Resolutions : 

To confirm Minutes of Annual Communication, 1892 24 

To confirm Special Communications, 1S93 24 

To refer Address of G. M. to Board of General Purposes 48 

To receive and adopt Report of the Board on Address 283 

To receive and refer the Reports of the Grand Secretary and 

Grand Treasurer to the Board of General Purposes 66 

That the Reports of D.D.G.M.'s be received and considered as 

read and referred to the Board 68 

To receive and adopt Report on Warrants 258 

To receive and adopt Report on Audit and Finance 262 

To receive and adopt Report on Benevolence 264 

To receivs and adopt Report on Printing and Supplies 259 

To receive and adopt Report on the Fraternal Dead 278 

To receive and adopt Report on Condition of Masonry 276 



To receive and adopt Report on Jurisprudence 278 

To receive and adopt Report on Constitution and Laws. , 280 

To receive and adopt Rtpori on Grievances and Appeals 280 

To receive and adopt Report of Committee on Credentials 286 

To receive and print Report on Foreign Correspondence 281 

To receive and adopt Supplementary Report on Foreign Corres- 
pondence 281 

That, without reference to existing appointments, it is not ex- 
pedient that any brother should represent more than one For- 
eign Grand Lodge 285 

That any question once decided, affecting the Constitution, shall 
not be open for reconsideration at any time within five years 
after such decision, except upon an open vote at an Annual 
Communication to reconsider, such vote to be taken without 

debate 285 

That Maxville Lodge, 418, be placed in the Ottawa District. Lost. 285 
That the use of intoxicating liquors, as a beverage, be prohibited 
at all refreshment tables in connection with Masonic Lodges. 

Lost 286 

That the Grand Master be authorized to appoint a deputation to 

attend the Masonic Congress at Chicago 289 

That a printed copy of the Proceedings of Grand Lodge be sent 
to every member in attendance at the Annual Communication. 289 

Thanking the London Lodges 290 

To determine the place for holding the next Annual Communi- 
cation .* 289 

Restorations 309 

Rteturns of Subordinate Lodges 292 

Suspensions, U. M. C 307 

Suspensions, N. P. D 307 

Warrants, Report of Boards on 258 


Report on Correspondence. 

To the Most Worshipful the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge of 

Your Committee on Correspondence beg leave to present their An- 
nual Report, reviewing all the proceedings of other Grand Lodges which 
have been received during the past year. 

They will be noticed in alphabetical order, and a list of those reviewed 
will be given at the close o! the report. 


11th Communication, Pho?nix, .November 1.5th, 1892. 

Alexander G. Oliver, G.M. 

The Craft has prospered and harmony prevails. A new lodge was 
formed at Nogales. We copy one paragraph from the address :— 

" Lodges in this jurisdiction are often called upon by visiting brethren from a dis- 
tance for relief, and as the cost of living is far greater here than in Eastern States, we 
are, therefore, compelled to charge more for dues to bear the burden of relief for the 
sick than would otherwise be necessary. Hence, looking at Masonry in Arizona from 
a business standpoint, we receive very few affiliated members, considering the total 
number who come among us ; but, when sickness or distress overcome them, an alarm 
is made at our outer door for assistance, and we have never turned away a worthy 
destitute brother." 

The Grand Master wjs authorized to appoint six delegates to the 
Fraternal Congress at Chicago. 
John M. Ormsby (Tucson), G.M. 
George J. Roskruge (Tucson), G.S. 


53rd Communication, Little Rock, November 15th, 1892. 

C. A. Bridewell, G.M. 

This is the "Temple volume," and contains an account of the im- 
posing ceremonies at the dedication of their new and magnificent 
Temple at Little Rock. 

The Grand Master decided that it was not necessary for a man to be- 
come naturalized before an American lodge coidd entertain a petition 
to initiate him. 

He reports four new lodges. 

Bro. A. B. Grace delivered the Oration at the Dedicatory Ceremonies, 
and we quote one of his eloquent paragraphs : — 

'• Xow, brethren, that we have builded our house and entered into possession of it, 
after years of weary toil and waiting, let us reflect for a moment upon the causes that 
led to its construction. What motive was it that caused all this vast expenditure of 
time, energy, materials and laoor? Why should many thousands of men, scattered 
all over the broad State of Arkansas, and a large proportion of them personally strangers 
to each other, come together from hill and from dale, from swamp and from mountain 
side, and .unite as one mass with a common impulse and a common design? Is it not 
indeed a powerful motive that thus impels vast bodies of men to put aside all thoughts 
of selfish interest and contribute freely their time and money to a common end ? Yet 
we all know what that motive is and what it is not. We know that it is not the gratifi- 


cation of any of the baser passions of humanity. It is not to flatter the vanity or 
pamper the pride of ourselves or of each other. It is because here we inculcate, cherish 
and foster the godlike virtue — Charity. Here we cultivate that 'one touch of nature 
which makes the whole world kin.' Here we teach the sublime doctrines of Brotherly 
Love, Relief and Truth. It is because we erect here a house in which, while absolutely 
free from the din and strife of contending political factions, men of every shade of 
political belief receive a cordial welcome, and achieve a fair share of the honors and 
rewards that follow faithful and efficient service. It is because our institution, while 
it inflexibly demands of its votaries a voluntary and unfaltering faith in the existence 
and power of Deity, yet, at the same time, banishes from its doors all the intolerance 
of bigotry and sectarianism, and offers a haven of peace and rest to men of every faith 
and order. Professing no political belief of its own, and promulgating no platforms nor 
candidates for "political honors, the institution of Freemasonry teaches the highest 
political duties of men — patriotism, loyalty and obedience to the laws of the country 
in which we live. Without creeds or articles of faith, it constantly, and at all - 
inculcates every principle of morality and virtue embraced and taught in all the reli- 
gions of the earth. Accepting no man for his wealth, his honors, or his lofty station, 
it rejects none because of his poverty, or lowly walk in life, if he but comes ' under 
the tongue of good report.' It is this broad foundation of truth and morality, this 
universality of design, and this perfect adaptability to all races, creeds and conditions 
of men, that has given Freemasonry such a deep-rooted hold in the hearts of man- 
kind, and rendered it invincible to the attacks of bigotry and superstition throughout 
all the long ages of its history." 

R. J. Laughlin (Bentonville), G.M. 
Fay Hempstead (Little Rock), G.S. 


21st Communication, Nanaimo, June 23, A. D. 1892. 

Marcus Wolfe, G. M. 

The Grand Master has an important deliverance on the question of 
vested rights in lodges. We fully agree with the conclusions of Bro. 
Drummond, as given helow : 

" All lodges (except Ashlar Xo. 3) have conformed to the Constitution, in some in- 
stances having adopted my suggestion to supply newly-made brethren with the regula- 
tion apron, thereby securing a uniformity. Ashlar Lodge denies the right of Grand 
Lodge to alter their clothing or jewels, claiming an existing right as set forth at the 
formation of Grand Lodge, and is in the first Constitution, which reads, viz. : 'The jewels 
and regalia of subordinate Lodges are as follows, it being understood that Lodges in 
this jurisdiction already supplied in this respect may continue the adoption and use of 
the same as long as they so desire ;' which clause was carried into the new and sub- 
sequently revised Constitution, but eliminated from the latest revised and present Con- 
stitution. It would also be appr< priate, while discussing this question, to call your 
attention to the action of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No. i, in appointing instead of 
electing their Secretary, contrary to the Constitution, which clearly states that he 
' shall be an elective officer,' and on my directing their attent on to this violation, they 
claim the same existing right (as in the case of Ashlar Lodge) granted by the first Con- 
stitution. Nevertheless, the same argument holds, that it is not in compliance with the 
law as it at present exists, and which no other Lodge in the Province violates. In my 
opinion, both Lodges in question are wrong in their contention, and in which I am sus- 
tained by two of the ablest Masonic jurists on the American continent. R. W. Bro. 
T. S. Parvin, of Iowa, says : ' I agree with you fully that the Grand L-dge has right 
and is an inherent power to enact its own laws, not only for its governme f . but for that 
of its subordinates, and that there is no such thing as vested righ's in the common 
Masonic law, wherefore the Lodge cited has no authority to appoint its Secretary : it 
must conform to your present law, making that officer an elective one. The same istrue 
in regard to the costumes and jewels. If I need a precedent to sustain me in the views 
I have set forth, I would only cite you to the case of the old Lodge Xo. 1, at Hartford, 
Conn., which set up a clai n that it had vested right-, which had been taken from it by 
the action of the Grand Lodge in regard to the ritual, and that, on account of its rebel- 
lion, the Grand Lodge arrested its charter, and declared all its members excluded from 
the rights and privileges of Masonry. This action of Grand Lodge was sustained by not 
only all the lodges in the jurisdiction, except the recalcitrant one, but by all of the 
Grand Lodges in the country.' R. W. Bro. Josiah Drummond, of Maine, says : 'I 
am very clear as to the correctness of the opinion which I shall give vou. When the 
several Lodges formed your Grand Lodge, a Constitutien was adopted which became 
fundamental law of Freemasonery in your jurisdiction. As I understand it, the power 
of changing that Constitution at its pleasure was left to the Grand Lodge by such pro- 
ceedings as were prescribed therein. Such being the fact, all changes made in the Con- 
stitution thereafter by the Grand Lodge were absolutely binding upon all the Lodges 


and all the Masons, of the obedience of your Grand Lodge, unless there was some pro- 
vision in the Constitution that certain provisions should never be changed, and I think 
a promise of that kind is absolutely void and of no effect, but I do not understand 
there was any such provision in regard to these matters in your jurisdiction. There- 
fore, I hold that it is beyond question that when the Constitution is amended, every 
Lodge and every Mason in British Columbia is bound to obey that Constitution. Of 
course, after saying so much, my answer to both these questions submitted is in the 
negative. In some jurisdictions, I suppose, it would be held that by dispensation you 
might excuse, temporarily at least, the Lodges from conforming to that provision of the 
Constitution, but the juris dictions in which that would be held are very few. But even 
in these it would be held beyond question that the Lodges in question have no right to 
be excepted from the provisions of the Statutes as they stand.' 

" The questions at issue are not of vital import. I installed the appointed Secre- 
tary of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, and Ashlar Lodge still adheres to their old color and 
jewel, having drawn their attention (i i both cases) to the Constitution, and was wil- 
ling to give them the benefit of any existing doubt until I could lay the matter before 
you for final action and decision, it being a matter touching our Constitution, and if 
you adjudge the Lodges in the wrong, it will be a guidance and a precedent for all lodges 
in the jurisdiction ; or if in the right, then all Lodges may exercise the same privilege.' 

On this matter coming before the Grand Lodge, the following re- 
solution was carried, but the unconstitutionality of the acts remain 
the same as before : 

" That inasmuch as certain rights and privileges were given at the time of forma- 
tion of this Grand Lodge to Victoria-Columbia and Ashlar Lodges, as to regalia worn by 
the latter, and the appointment instead of election of Secretary in former, be it there- 
fore resolved, — That these Lodges shall retain the privileges accorded as long as they so 

The Grand Lodge of New Zealand was recognized, and the applica- 
tion of the Grand Lodge of Hayti was deferred. 

A new lodge was opened at New Westminster. 

A committee was appointed to take the matter of a uniform ritual 
into consideration and report at the next annual communication. At 
present there are three different rituals in use, the English, Canadian 
and American. 

William Downie (Vancouver), G. M. 

W. J. Quinlan (Victoria), G. S. 


43rd Communication, San Francisco, October 11th, 1892. 

William Johnston, G.M. 

Most of the lodges have been diligent in the reception of new and 
good material, and a spirit of harmony has attended them in their pros- 
perity. Four new lodges were formed. On outside degrees, the Grand 
Master says : — 

" My opinion has frequently been solicited in regard to the advisability of taking so- 
called • side, associate ' and 'higher' degrees of Masonry, which certain sages were 
offering to communicate for a stipulated price. In every instance I have answered, un- 
officially. ' Give degree peddlers a wide berth ' If a brother is aware of the existence 
of an order which inculcates such principles as will raise men to a higher plane of life, 
there could be no objection to his seeking admission thereto. Such privileges, however, 
should be sought after by the participant and not forced upon him ; aud when a person 
makes it his business to solicit candidates to whom he can sell degrees — I do not care 
whether those degrees are considered legitimate or otherwise — my opinion is that he is 
crossing that boundary line of conduct beyond which no Mason should suffer his inter- 
ests to betray him." 

The Grand Orator, the eloquent Brother Reuben Hedley Lloyd, de- 
livered a most excellent practical address, from which we take the con- 
cluding remarks. They contain an admirable epitome of the views ex- 
panded in the address : — 

•• The conclnsions I have reached are : — 

The true basis for Masonic faith is the building up and establishing a close, friendly 
relation between the members of the Lodge. 


To accomplish this an intimate social communion must be established amongst the 

To bring the latter event about, the meetings of the Lodges must be made both 
pleasant and attractive to all the members ; and 


None should be admitted but those whose society would be likely to be agreeable 
to the other members of the Lodge, who of their own volition seek admission, and are 
naturally inclined to favorably receive Masonic doctrines, desiring membership alone 
because they are ambitious to do their share towards humanizing and elevating their 

Take these propositions home with you, study them well, and I think you will come 
to the conclusion that when they are strictly adhered to, you will have full Lodge 
meetings, and when they are violated, you will open to empty benches." 

The proposition to reduce the fee for the degrees from $50 to §30 was 
again brought up, and this time it received 423 votes against 295, still 
not enough to secure the requisite two-thirds vote to adopt. 

It was determined not to send delegates to the Fraternal Congress 
at Chicago. 

On the subject of the recognition of the Grand Lodge of Mexico, the 
following report of the Committee on Jurisprudence was adopted : — 

" Relative to the recognition of La Gran Dieta Simbolica de los Estados Unidos Mexi- 

" Bro. Juan C. Farber, of Mazatlan, as Representative of the Grand Symbolic Diet of 
Mexico, has forwarded to our Grand Secretary the following documents, which have 
been placed in our hands: — 

" 1. A proposition from the Grand Diet to enter into a treaty of friendship with this 
Grand Lodge, of which the principal articles are : — 

"First. The Grand Diet recognizes the Grand Lodge of California as having sover- 
eign and exclusive Masonic jurisdiction in the State of California. 

" Second. The Grand Lodge of California recognizes the Grand Symbolic Diet of the 
United States of Mexico as having sovereign and exclusive Masonic jurisdiction in the 
Republic of Mexico. 

"2. A letter from Bro. Farber to our Grand Secretary, stating that he had been ap- 
pointed by the Grand Diet, with full power to conduct negotiations in its behalf for the 
treaty, with a copy in Spanish and English of the proposed treaty. 

"3. A synopsis of the History of Masonry in Mexico, by Bro. C. H. M. y Agra.moxte, 
certified as correct by the Grand Secretary of the Grand Diet. 

"4. The Grand Secretary has also placed in our hands the report of Grand Master 
Tyler, of the Grand Lodge of Texas, in regard to the organization of the Grand I>iet, 
and the negotiations for and conclusion of a like treaty between his Grand Lodge and 
that Grand Body. 

" From Bro. Agramokte's synopsis anil Bro. Tyler's report we learn that the Grand 
Diet was organized in February, 1S90, and that it now has under its obedience 17 of the 
State Grand Lodges and 220 Subordinate Lodges; that it adopted what are called 
' General Constitutions,' and adopted a decree or order prohibiting any interference 
with the Lodges under its obedience by bodies of the so-called higher degrees of the 
Scottish Rite from the 4th to the 33rd degrees. 

" From what we are able to learn from the papers placed in our hands, we are pleased 
with the plan and purpose of this new Grand Diet, and wish it complete success ; but 
we are not prepared at this time to recommend its recognition or the adoption of the 
proposed treaty, for the following reasons: — 

" 1. Bro. Farber has not exhibited to us his authority to represent the Grand Diet 
in the proposed negotiations. 

"2. The Grand Diet has not sent to this Grand Lodge a copy of the proceedings had 
at its organization or of the Constitutions adopted by it. 

" 3. Some years since this Grand Lodge formally recognized the Grand Lodge of the 
Federal District of Mexico, and we are not advised that that Grand Lodge has placed 
itself under the obedience of the Grand Diet, or that it has surrendered its claim to ex- 
clusive jurisdiction in that District, nor are we advised how many or what State Grand 
Lodges have refused to surrender to the Grand Diet, nor what bodies of the so-called 
higher degrees of the Scottish Rite assume a right to interfere with the proceedings of 
it- constituent Lodges. 

" We therefore recommend that action in this matter be deferred till we have received 
such information as will enable us to act advisedly." 

Bro. William H. Edwards reports on correspondence, (132 pages), 
and well upholds the good reputation of his predecessors. Our pro- 


ceedings for 1891 receive a good notice. In his review of Illinois v e find 
the following historical reference : — 

" He then mentions what is known as the Coke Manuscript in the archives of the 
British Museum, Landsdowne Manuscript, dating from the sixteenth century, and a 
number of other documents all tending to indicate the existence of the society at a \ en 
early date. These documents have reference to Masonry as an artificer's guild only, 
and such it continued to be until late in the sixteenth century. Prior to the year 1424, 
it was strictly an operative association working- privately with closed doors and sedul- 
ously guarding the secrets of the trade, and Scotch Masonry so continued long after ir 
ceased in England. At this time, however, occurred a most remarkable circumstance 
that completely changed the character of the association as well as its future destinies, 
and to which we owe the fact of our assembly to-day. In the third year of Henry VI. 
a statute was- passed forbidding Masons to assemble as a body of operative workmen or 
to exercise their handicraft with guarded doors, nor were they permitted to fix the 
price of their labor. The object of this statute was to break up the g-uilds by denying 
them the benefits of combination, but the society continued to exist as a benevolent 
and fraternal association with its membership confined to workmen actually engaged 
in operative Masonry. But daring the sixteenth century, while it still continued to be 
a trade society, its benefits and advantages were no longer confined to operative Masons, 
and workmen in other lines were received until finally the century following, it became 
purely 'speculative,' and men from every walk of life, including persons of rank, 
began to seek admission. During this period was engrafted upon it the system of 
mystical philosophy which has ever since formed one of its distinguishing character- 
istics, and about this time may properly be fixed the birth of modern Freemasonry as a 
'system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.' " 

Charles R. Gritman, (Napa), G.M. 
George Johnson, (San Francisco), G.S. 


32ud Communication, Denver, Sept. 20th, 189?. 

John M. Maxwell, G.M. 

The proceedings are brief and local in interest. The following resolu- 
tion was adopted : — 

" Resolved, That the action of Durango Lodge Xo. 46, in admitting to membership Mr. 
Robert H. Xevitt, claiming to hold a dimit from Union Corcordia Lodge Xo. 40, of the 
Republic of Mexico, was, in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, without authority, this 
Grand Lodge not being in fraternal correspondence with any Grand or Subordinate 
Lodge in Said Republic." 

Seven delegates were appointed to attend the Conference in Chicago. 

Bro. Lawrence N. Greenleaf again reports on correspondence. In 
reply to our remarks of 1891, he says :— 

" We will endeavor to explain our meaning more fully, although it seemed to us 
sufficiently explicit. We advanced the idea that there is a triad of perfections in the 
Masonic symbolism, as we understand it, namely, physical, intellectual and moral, 
assigned to the three degrees respectively, in the order named. That is the adjust- 
ment as we find it at the present day. If, as Bro. R. contends, there was original!] 
but one degree, to which the others were subsequently added, it does not affect our 
position, for we maintain that Masonry, whether in one degree or more, contained 
these essential features, and it is possible a single degree may have been divided into 
three sections, or parts, corresponding very nearly to what are now known as the 
three degrees. Xor are we alone in this view. Bro. G. W. Speth, in an article on 
Degrees, which was published in the Ke< stone, (Philadelphia,) in 1SS8, says : ' I hold 
that in 1717, and for centuries before that, two degrees existed in Masonry ; that one 
of these was purely formal and matter of fact, that the second was mystic and specula- 
tive ; and that the two combined contained all the esoteric knowledge of the present 
three. Developments and additions have accrued, but nothing of vital importance, 
nothing absolutely new. Displacements, embellishments and refinements have occurred, 
but an English craftsman of A. D. 1600, if to-day revived, could prove himself a M. M. 
to any Brother whose intelligence is not utterly befogged by the ingenuity of our 
modern ritual-mongers." 

And in his review of Utah, he give3 the following as the latest and 
most important information on the subject : — 

" As Bro. E. H. Hertzveld wrote to Bro. J. G. Findel in 186S : 'A witness, whose 
honor and competence no one can dispute, has risen from the tomb after more than 
one hundred years slumber, to testify to some historical facts.' 

" The historians had gone on making history out of whole cloth, and to suit their 
own conceptions, until a very large number of intelligent Masons had come to believe 


their ' fairy tales ' as Gospel truth; but Dr. Manningham's letters have let in 'new 
light,' and" proved conclusively, as admitted by Bro. Robert F. Gould, ' That before 1717 
the now exis> iwj rituals- have been a- rked.' 

" Dr. Thomas Manningham was Deputy Grand Master of England. On July 12, 1757, 
he wrote a letter to Bro. Sauer, of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Holland, at the 
Hague, in answer to his inquiries about a variety of Masonry called Scotch Masonry. 
In this occurs the following paragraph among others equally convincing. We copy 
verbatim : 

" 'These innovations are of very late years, and I believe the brethren will find a 
difficulty to produce a Mason acquainted with any such forms twenty, nav, ten years. 
My own father has been a Mason these fifty years and has been at Lodges in Holland, 
France, and England. He knows none of these ceremonies. Grand Master Payn, who 
succeeded Sir Christopher Wren, is a stranger to them, as is likewise one old brother 
of ninety, who I conversed with lately. This brother assures me he was made a Mason 
in his youth, and has constantly frequented Lodges until rendered incapable by his 
advanced age and never heard, or knew, any other Ceremonies or Words than those 
used in general amongst us ; such forms were delivered to him and those he has 
retained. As to Knights of the Sword, Eagle, etc., the knowledge of them never 
reached his ears until I informed him of them. The only orders that we know are 
three : Masters, Fellow-Crafts, and Apprentices, and none of them ever arrive at the 
Honor of Knighthood by Masonry. 1 

" 'The summing up by Bro. Hertzveld is as follows : — 

" ' 1. Xo higher degrees than the first three belong to Pure and Ancient Free- 

" ' 2. The secrets of the first three degrees were the same before 1717, as after it. 

'"3. The so-called high degrees were introduced after 1740. 

" 'And now for Bro. Gould's comments : — 

" ' With the sole distinction, that in the third paragraph, for ' after 1740,' should be 
read ' about 1740,' the axioms laid down by the Deputy Grand Master of 1752-56, are in 
exact harmony with the discoveries of modern Masonic science. But as many will 
listen to Dr. Manningham, who would turn a deaf ear to the utterances of even our 
most advanced students, a pause will be made, while the grounds on which his judg- 
ment is based, are inquired into. 

"'The only Orders we know,' observed the doctor, 'are three: Masters. Fellow 
Crafts, and Apprentices.' There were no more and no less. ' My own father,' he con- 
tinues, ' has been a Mason these fifty years.' According to this, Sir Richard Manning- 
ham must have been initiated about 1707, three years after Governor Belcher had gone 
through a similar ordeal, and two years before the remarkable allusion in the Tattler, 
ro a ' set of people,' who have their signs and tokens like Freemasons. 

" ' The ' old brother of ninety, who was made a Mason in his youth,' must have been 
admitted a member of the Society in the last quarter of the seventeenth century. 

"'The two brethren, whose testimony — as we have seen — was relied upon by Dr. 
Manningham, may, I think, be regarded without doubt by ourselves, as the witnesses 
of truth. 

" 'The question, whether the secrets imparted to Masonic candidates in 1757 were the 
same as those existing at the close of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth 
century, is such an exceedingly simple one that, in the case before us, the various 
canons above may be safely reduced to a single one, namely, whether the two witnesses 
called by Dr. Manningham are to be regarded as ' persons of veracity ? ' 

"'If they are not, then — and then only — shall we be justified in believing that Sir 
Richard Manningham and ' the old brother of ninety,' together with the founders and 
early members of the Grand Lodge of England (1717-1723) looked calmly on while the 
forms and ceremonies to which they had been accustomed were as suddenly metamor- 
phosed as it has become, to some degree, the fashion to assume. 

" ' It should be recollected, moreover, that in 1717, when the younger Manningham 
first appears on the Masonic stage, neither Jacob Lamball, Grand Warden, 1717, or 
George Payne, G. M., 1718, had retired from it. Indeed, he mentions the fact that the 
latter brother (whose death only occurred on January 3, 1757) had extended to him his 
confidence with respect to degrees that had been worked in his time, 

"We regard the above, Bro. Diehl, as convincing testimony, and so my statement 
■itill holds good : There were three degrees, and there uere giants in those days !" 

William D. Wright, (Denver), G.M. 
Ed. C. Parmelee, (Denver), G.S. 


105th Communication, New Haven, January 18th, 1893. 
Hugh Stirling, G.M. 

The lodges are reported in a prosperous condition financially, the 
ritual correctly rendered and their loyalty unquestioned. 


The following report of the Committee on Charters rather enlivened 
the Grand Lodge : — 
To the SI. JT. Grand Lodge of Connecticut : 

Grand Master and brethren, we are not posing as Martyrs, 

In offering the report of the Committee on Charters, 

But yet we do think that our brethren and neighbors 

Should give us due credit for our arduous labors ; 

For we are the men the Grand Master appointed, 

Set apart, consecrated, and duly anointed, 

To attend to that business ; but he very well knew 

There was nothing at all for the Committee to do ; 

And we speak but the truth, (for a lie we abhor it,) 

When we say that he knew we were just the men for it. 

He showed Stirling good sense, as one plainly can see, 

In selecting Morgan, Bassett, Hart, Rowland and Lee. 

Now in order to be sure that no one feel slighted, 

We trave out due notice, and all were invited 

To come in before us with their prayers and petitions^ 

And make known in full their wants and conditions. 

We repaired to < ur room and with our feet elevated. 

Put on our wise looks and patiently waited. 

The odor of ' seed leaf ' our olfactories met, 

And the detestable Fumes of a vile cigarette ; 

The stench of the thing made us all tired 

And each one was glad when the nuisance ' was fired.' 

For some time we waited, when no one appearing, 

We gave him a full and impartial hearing ; 

And when he had gone without jar or confusion 

Very soon came to an unanimous conclusion. 

And it is our opinion, that, according to law, 

The petitioner is entitled for leave to withdraw, 

And we recommend, after a full deliberation, 

Our discharge from its further consideration. 

We think we have none of our duties omitted, 

All of which is herewith fraternally submitted." 

In his review of Canada for 1892, the Grand Secretary has the follow- 
ing remarks on the address of our Grand Master : — 

" The address of the Grand Master before the Grand Lodge is very creditable, and 
manifests that zeal that should ever exist with a presiding officer, to "whom the entire 
body of the fraternity are disposed to look for good example, and that earnestness that 
speaks with more emphasis, than words of rhetoric and oratorical display. 

"The condition of the craft is reported good. And this he is enabled to say from a 
personal visitation and inspection of many of them. His views are, that Masonic ritual 
should be rendered in sach a spirit as to make impressions that will evolve, and 
change for the better, in all points. He believes that the mere motion of verbal 
machinery that turns out words in an aimlesss and phonographic way, and without a 
knowledge of the situation, is harmful and not helpful as it should be. He realizes 
that Freemasonary, as a need of humanity, an adjunct to civilization, and an educator 
of mankind, has a business as well as a fraternal aspect, and both factors are essentia^ 
to attain success." 

Samuel Bassett, (New Britain), G.M. 
Joseph K. Wheeler, (Hartford), G.S. 


86th Communication, Wilmington, October 5th, 1892. 

Nathaniel F. Wilds, G.M. 

He mentions the death of their Grand Secretary, William S. Hayes-,, 
who filled that office with ability and fidelity for the long period of 
twenty-four years. 

All the lodges report an increase of membership and a better finan- 
cial and fraternal condition than for many years. 

As reported last year, a lodge in Pennsylvania refused to admit as a 
visitor, a member of a lodge in Delaware, because he belonged to the 
"Cerneau" Rite, and the Grand Master of Pennsylvania upheld his 
lodge in such refusal. The matter was then referred to a special com-- 


mittee who reported this year that they find no cause of action by the 
Grand Lodge. This report was not adopted, but in lieu thereof the 
following resolution was passed : — 

" Resclved, That the right of visitation being a Masonic land mark and therefore in- 
alienable from every Mason in good standing, this Grand Lodge enters its most solemn 
and earnest protest againgt the action of the Bristol Lodge, No. '25, of Bristol, Pennsyl- 
vania, supported by the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, in denying 
the right of visitation to Bro. Francis L. Carpenter, of Oriental Lodge, No. 27, of this 
Jurisdiction, he being in good standing Masonically." 

Dupont Lodge, a "joint occupant," not being able to obtain a suit- 
able room, and not being able to build, were permitted to continue as 

Bro. L. H. Jackson reports on correspondence and has a good notice 
of Canada for 1891. Bro. Jackson is on the right side in allowing offi- 
cers to resign, and also in his condemnation of the " robes." 

John B. Book, (Clayton), G. M. 

Benjamin F. Bartram, (Wilmington), G. S. 


82nd Communication, Washington, November 9th, 1892. 

Fied. G Alexander, G.M. 

He dec'ined to issue a dispensation to elect a Senior Warden, where 
the bi other who had been re-elected, refused to serve. We think that 
the interests of the lodge would have been better served if the dispen- 
sation had been granted. 

He very properly decided that a subordinate lodge could not be incor- 
porated under the civil law. He says that it is against the policy of 
the Grand Lodges of the United States and the unwiitten law and 
usages of the < irand Lodge of the District of Columbia for a subordinate 
lodge to be incorporated. 

Bio. Robert Ball presented to the Grand Lodge the press copies of a 
large number of letters of Grand Master B. B. French on very important 
Masonic matters, extending as far back as 1851. Bro. French was one 
of the "giants " of those days, and his correspondence must be very in- 
teresting. These Utters will be quite an acquisition to the Grand 

The Grand Secretary presented his twenty-third report on corres- 
pondence. It is one of the best of the year. Bro. Singleton is in the 
front rank as a reviewer. On the subject of a clandestine lodge in Los 
Angeles, he sajs: — 

"These people have their origin in the spurious Supreme Council of Louisiana, which 
was denounced by every Grand Lodge in the United States in 1S<39 and 1870. From 
that body the Negro Supreme Councils derive their authority — as that one working in 
the District of Columbia. Foulhouze was the originator of that Council, and they 
established lodges of Masons in Louisiana in 1869, and we believe only one is now in 
existence in New Orleans, composed of Negroes and white men. 

" This Foulhouze was the party who regularly instituted the body of the A.A.S.R., 
called the Supreme Council of the State of New York, with riarry Seymour as one of 
its officers. He visited France and succeeded in getting the Grand Orient of France to 
exchange representatives. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York, J. J. 
Crane, was the Grand Representative near the Supreme Council of the State of New 
York, so declared in the French letter of credence. But the Council of New York, 
when it published that letter in English, in every case where ' the State of New York ' 
appears in French, substituted for it ' the i r )ii ed istates its Territories and dependen- 
cies'.' This forgery was exposed in our Masonic journals at the time. Yet that same 
body of Foulhouze Masons still call their Council the ' United States, their Territories 
and dependencies.' " 

Canada does not appear to have been received. 

On the question of the (irand Masters of antiquity, that is prior to 
1717, Bro. Singleton has the following Aery interesting disquisition : — 


" The societies of Masons and Freemasons are seldom mentioned in the history of the 
Twelve Great Liveried Companies, anions the many companies other than these twelve 
that are very often spoken of in connection with them, hut it does most plainly appear 
that the general features of all were alike, and that the art, craft, or myxteiy of the 
Masons and Freemasons, and their brotherhood, livery, fcc , were like those of the 
other companies. 

" The rank of governors and legislators was attained by degrees. The first degree was 
' Apprentices of the Craft,' none of which, by the ordinance, were to take wages or 
work journey-work. The second degree was Freemen, sometimes called Yeomanry, 
sometimes Bachelors. They were presented and were admitted to work by journeys or 
journey-work (day work). They entered into bond not to work with any foreigner 01 
non-Freeman, but with Freemen only of the craft. The third degree was 'House- 
holders.' The fourth degree was the livery or clothing (»". e., such as wore a gown and 
hood), and this livery or clothiny it was which were called ' the Fellowship.' The fifth 
degree was Warden, which office had also two steps ; first, Young Warden, second, 
Second Warden. The third, or Upper Warden, was Mauler. 

By the ordinance of 23 Henry VIII, the Past Masters alone were to elect the Master, 
and the Wardens to be elected by the Past Masters and Past Wardens. All controver- 
sies were required to be submitted to, and decided by, the Master and Wardens. No 
Freeman was allowed to strike, assault, fight, or quarrel with another. An Apprentice 
could not be made free unless he had ' duly and truly served his whole time ;' and, if 
of the handy trade, until it was shown whether he was ' a sufficient workman or no.' 
Journeymen were forbidden to make ' unlawful assemblies, brotherhoods, congrega- 
tions, or Bookings together.' 

" It is very likely that Sir Christopher Wren was a freeman of the Society or Mystery 
of Masons. t Elias Ashmole was a fellow of that society, Thomas Wise, 'Master of the 
Masons' Company,' being present when Ashmole attended at Mason's Hall, in London, 
and saw five gentlemen admitted into the fellowship, he being the oldest fellow pre- 

" What were called, in 1721, or earlier, the 'lodges' at London were not organized 
bodies, but merely convivial ' assemblies, congregations and Bockyngs together ' of 
journeymen at particular taverns. As we have said, there is in the list of 1745 only one 
lodge, the date of whose constitution is not given. Oliver admits (Revelations of a 
Square, 5) that before 1717, any number of Masons, not less than ten, met and acted 
without any other authority than thtir inherent right. It is true, he says, that the Mus- 
ter and two Wardens had to be present : but, if there were such officers, these were or- 
ganized bodies ; and there is no evidence that, in these meetings of journeymen, there 
were any such officers. It is not true that, before that time, there had ever been such 
a thing as a Grand Lodge. Brother Oliver names Sayre, Payn, Lamball, Elliott, Goften, 
Cordwell, DeNoyer, Vraden, King, Mance, Calvert, Ware, Lumley, and Madden, as the 
brethren who, with Desaguliers, formed themselves into a Grand Lodge. Among these, 
he says, were the Masters and Wardens of the four existing lodges. Where he ascer- 
tained these persons were present, he does not tell us. 

" Dermott said, in the preface of his Ahiman Rezon. that Bro. Thomas Grinsell, ;i 
man of great veracity (elder brother of the celebrated James Quin, Esq.), informed his 
lodge, No. 3, in London, 1753, that eii/ht persons, whose names were Desaguliers. Goften, 
King, Calvert, Lumley, Madden, DeNoyer, and Vraden, ' were the geniuses to whom 
the world is indebted for the memorable invention of modern Masonry.' There were, 
Dermott said, ' some joyous companions who had passed the degree of a Craft, though 
very rusty,' and that, no one knowing the Master's part, the deficiency was made up 
with a new composition. 

" The company of Masons, he said, was the thirtieth in London, having a hall in Bas- 
ing-Street, and about seventy of the livery. Fee of admission, £1, 16s., and livery fee, 
£o. They were incorporated in 1410, and their arms granted in 1477. These arms and 
their title modern Masons had usurped. The ' Accepted Masons,' he said, never claimed 
the title of ' Freemasons of England.' All they assumed was that of Free and Accepted 

" It is pertinent to this subject to note that Bro. Oliver distinctly says (Symbol ot 
Glory, 36) that there were no prescribed lectures prior to 1717 ; that the earliest author- 
ized lectures were arranged as catechisms by Desagul ers and Anderson as early as 1720, 
the questions and answers being short and comprehensive. The second, shorter than 
the first and the third, called the Master's part, containing only seven questions 
(37). In these the symbolical clothing of a Master Mason was ' skull-cap and jacket 
yellow, and nether garment blue.' The adepts knew to whom, as Master of the 
Order, the Master's clothing of ' blueandgold ' alludes, The questions were :— Q, Have 
you seen your Master to-day? A. I have. Q. How was he clothed? A. In a gold 
jacket and blue breeches. 

"Journey, from French jour (day) ; i. e., day work. 

tNOTE. — Gould doubts if Wren was ever initiated into speculative Masonry prior to 
1717. See his history, vol. IV, page 254. 


" In 1732 (p. 38) Martin Clare arranged the lectures anew and enlarged them. After- 
wards Bro. Dunckerly revised them, and, towards the end of the century, Hutchinson 
and Preston produced a joint lecture, which was used until 1813, and which many 
lodges continue to prefer to the Hemming or Union lectures.' 

" Bro. Oliver admits that there are very cogent reasons for believing that ' primitive 
Freemasonry' had but one obligation for all the three degrees, and refers to the 'poyn- 
tes ' required to be sworn to before the year 1500. The ' poyntes,' or ' pointz,' were the 
clauses of the ordinances of each livery company, and one oath only was required of 
persons admitted to any of these companies. 

" It is somewhat remarkable that, in all the histories of the various Livery Companies 
or Guilds in England, so very little is said of the Masons, or Freemasons, if what is claimed 
by Bros. Drummond and Sehultz be correct : and that there had been so long a list of 
Grand Masters. These various histories give us detailed accounts of the Twelve Great 
Livery Companies, but the Masons' Company is not among them. The Masons', and 
also Freemasons', Liveries were included among those companies who chose persons to 
the Common Counci'. The accounts of these liveries give details of such a character 
as to make it very remarkable, indeed, if there was such a person as a Grand Master, 
that, in no instance is he alluded to in any manner whatever. This is negative evi- 
dence, we admit ; but, as the advocates of the Grand Mastership will not, because they 
cannot, give any evidence in the affirmative, and only use conjectures and hypothesis, 
we are compelled to adduce this negative method. Again, we find this : — 

"Stow, after speaking of the incorporation of the Pewterers and Tallow Chandlers, 
says that the Masons, otherwise termed Freemasons, ' were a society of ancient stand- 
in.:, by means of affab'.e and kind meetings at divers times, and, as a loving brotherhood 
should use to do, did frequent their mutual assemblies in the time of King Henry IV, 
in the twelfth year of whose most gracious reign they were incorporated.' 

" Wherever these ' Liveries' had distinguished men to become members, their names 
are mentioned, but in no instance do we find anything said of such persons as belonging 
to the Masons' guild. 

" It is said that ' the Grocers, Company had been dignified by having, as members, 
five kings, several princes, eight dukes, three earls, and twenty lords,' and the names 
of most of them are given. 

" Of the Merchant Tailors it said : 

" ' They have had in their fraternity upwards of ten kings, three princes, twenty- 
seven bishops, twenty -six dukes, eighty-one lords, and sixteen lord-mayors. These are 
reckoned up to ITOi-i. Add Charles I., James II., also Alexander I. of Russia, and Fred- 
erick William III. of Prussia. Of the princes were John of Gaunt, the good Duke 
Humphrey, of Gloucester : the ill-fated Duke of Clarence ; Villiers, Duke of Bucking- 
ham ; Richard, Duke of York, father of Edward IV. ; the Duke of Norfolk, of the reign 
of Richard III.: the unfortunate James, Duke of Monmouth; Monk, Duke of Alber- 
inarle ; Prince George of Denmark ; Arthur, Duke of Wellington ; Henry Percy, Earl of 
Northumberland ; Second Earl of March ; the great Earl of Warwick ; the Earls of 
Nottingham, and many others ; a large number of bishops : and the Scroops, Nevils, 
Plantagenets, Greys, D'Arcys, Fitzwalters, and many other barons, and many most dis- 
tinguished naval and military officers.' 

" Not in a single instance do we find the mention of a Grand Master of any of these 
guilds, corporations, or companies. 

"It now remains for those who say there were Grand Masters, to mention when, 
where, and who were such, or else forever hold their peace." 

We also find room for his erudite remarks on the old rituals : — 

" The proofs we would give, as to rituals subsequent to 1717, are that we have re- 
prints of actual expositions of the two rituals of 1724 and 1730. But we are obliged to 
prove a ivy five. We ask Bro. Cunningham to prove that there was any ritual of any 
degree ; to prove that there were any such things as degrees prior to 1717. There is 
too much of these bold and mischievous assertions. They do harm to young and en- 
quiring Masons. We have been since 1841 a firm believer in the symbolic and allegori- 
cal system of Masonry ; and, as to ritualism being Innd-tnarks, Bro. Cunningham knows, 
or should know, that, upon ritualism alone, he could not pass himself as a Mason out- 
side of the United States, and would be ignominiously turned away from any lodge in 
Pennsylvania, if he were to try and pass himself only on the ritual of Ohio. Nor could 
he examine a Mason from Pennsylvania by his own gauge. We know of what we affirm, 
for we are aware of facts in re. This question came up about the Connecticut fracas 
with old Hiram, No. 1, on due guards. The United States Grand Lodges are the only 
ones using them in the world, and Quebec, which only recently adopted them, and 
they are unknown in Pennsylvania ; are they land-marks '? Let Bro. C. travel into the 
various jurisdictions as we have — West, North, South, East — and he will see how much 
land-mark there is in ritualism. What makes you a Mason ? W T hen you have answered 
that question you strike an ancient land-mark — and that cannot be altered — and origin- 
ally there was but one. After 1725, or thereabout, another was added, and tvhen the 

*Xote — The Hemming lectures were adopted after 1813 by the United bodies. 


third one came in no one knows. As to the antiquity of the first we do not doubt, but 
the language used now is very modern. Those who think it was used in the days of 

i _ Solomon, might be asked if the tide ebbed and flowed twice in twenty -four hours 
in any place known to King Solomon, or in the land of Palestine. There is no tide 
whatever in the ' Great Sea,' as it was then known. 

" The three obligations, as arranged, are systematically symbolical of the method of 
sacrificing a victim, which we cannot here explain. 

" In five minutes' personal interview with any brother, we can, we think, convince 
him as to the above facts. Moreover, we can convince the brother, and also Bro. Rob- 
bins, as to the immediate connection and sequence of the R.A., with, and to the third 
degree, which is not the master's pari at all, for, in our examinations, we are fully sat- 
isfied that the Master's part is the ceremony of installation and investiture to the 
:hair. and is now the present or Past Master's degree, which retains its old form and 
ceremonies in Pennsylvania, where a Master cannot be installed in presence of only 
Master Masons. As we have said before, some years since, anciently no Mason, how- 
ever skilled he might be in Masonry, was called a Master Mason until elected to preside 
over a lodge. 

" A Master Mason, as such, should be entitled to every secret and all the mysteries 
of the Master. Does one now called Master Mason get those? No : he is told of a sub- 
stitute : what does it mean ? Nonsense, so far as it is now explained. There is a mean- 
ing, when properly given, and it is a txibstitute in full meaning of that which constitutes 
the true. Here, again, we require 'personal interview to explain what we mean." 
Bro. Hill, of Indian Territory, knows what we mean, as to him and Bro. Pike are we 
indebted for the light thrown on what has always been very obscure to even Hebrew 
scholars. Bro. Mackey's explanation, which has been generally adopted, is an incorrect 
translation of even his method : the wrrd, translated by him, builder, is building, but 
even that is not correct, as there is no word in the substitute, when the letters are all 
properly arranged, to make good Hebrew, as they do when so arranged." 

L. C. Williamson (Washington), G.M. 
William R. Singleton, (Washington), G.S. 


64th Communication, Jacksonville, Jan. 17th, 1893. 

Angus Paterson, G. M. 

They now occupy their own beautiful Temple, a large and commodi- 
ous building, which in all its apartments and designs shows the touch of 
a master hand. They have sustained a great loss in the death of their 
Grand Secretary, Bro. Dewitt C. Dawkins, one of the oldist and most 
faithful Grand Officers. He was Grand Master for five years, and 
Grand Secretary since 1869. 

Ten new lodges were formed. 

By one of the decisions of the Grand Master, we find that by their 
law three members, one being the Master or Warden, can do the busi- 
ness of the lodge. 

We copy three other decisions, in which the Grand Master has shown 
his ability and soundness of judgment : 

" April 28 — Apalachicola Lodge, No. 76. Question : Whether or not Masons, mem- 
bers of Lodges from Florida and Alabama, in Nicaragua, had any right to visit or affil- 
iate with Lodges in Nicaragua ? 

" Answer : If the Lodges in Nicaragua hold charters from the Grand Lodge of 
England, Scotland or Ireland (but not of France), they might be visited. If they have 
no charters, I would grant a dispensation to form a Lodge, if there were enough mem- 
bers from Florida and Alabama for that purpose, it being open territory. The Grand 
Lodge of England had Lodges there during the last century, and at the beginning of 
this, but since 1S13 there is no Lodge on the registry of the Grand Lodge of England as 
being chartered in Nicaragua." 

" Question : A good man was rejected by a Lodge in Key West fifteen years ago. 
Last year he went to Havana for his health. After he had been there six months, the 
time of residence require! by the Grand Lodge of Cuba, he applied to a Lodge there 
and was initiated. He was afterwards passed and raised in Havana. He now resides in 
Key West. Can we receive him as a visitor? 

"Answer : Yes ; and if your Lodge will affiliate him it can do so. He is a regular 

"Question: A man is made a Mason in an irregular or clandestine Lodge in Key 
West and goes to Cuba, and is accepted there as a regular, then comes back with his 
papers from a Cuban Lodge. We do not accept him even as a visitor. Can we, as a 
principle of law, reject, as a visiter or as a candidate for affiliation, such a man ? 


"Answer: Yes, your Lodge did right ; that is, not to admit a per on whom you 

know to have been initiated in, or one who visits, a clandestine Lodge, whatever lie bis 
papers, or without reference to his papers. Have nothing- to do, MasonicaHy, with a 
clandestine-made Mason. We are on friendly relations with the Grand Lodge of 
Cuba, and recognize its Masons and its diplomas, but if its Lodges undertake to heal 
the clandestine-made Masons of Key West, such healing will not he recognized in this 
jurisdiction. If healing is to be done, let it be done here." 

Their new Temple was dedicated with imposing ceremonies. 
Marcus Endel, (Gainesville), G. M. 
Albert J. Russell, (Jacksonville), G. S. 


106th Communication, Macon, Oct. 25th, 1892. 

John S. Davidson, G. M. 

The Grand Master says that the general activity in the Craft is a 
healthy sign, and augurs well for the prosperous condition of Masonic 
affairs. " Investigation, agitation, discussion, all indicate life and 
vigor, and judged by such standard, we have reason to be satisfied with 
the record now made up for examination." 

The thanks of the Grand Lodge were voted to M. W. Bro. Samuel 
D. Irvin, for the labor and talents which he is expending in preparing 
a History of Freemasonry in Georgia. 

Delegates weie appoinled to the Fraternal Congress. 

The following resolution of the Committee on Finance was adopted. 
As a general rule, a surplus is easily disposed of. — 

" Resolved, That the Grand Master appoint a committee of one from each Masonic 
District with the Grand Master as ex-otficio Chairman, who shall be charged with the 
duty of considering what is the best course to pursue in reference to the probable sur- 
plus which will come from year to year to the Treasury. The said committee shall 
meet at the call of the Chairman and consider the subject in all its relations to the Sub- 
ordinate Lodges, as well as its bearing upo?i the future of Masonry, and make a report 
of their investigation, with such recommendations as they may reach, to the next 
Communication of this Grand Lodge. That said committee may, if it deems it desir- 
able, obtain the sense of the Subordinate Lodges upon any part of the subject herein 
referred, and report the same with their own conclusions." 

The Grand Lodge of Tasmania was recognized. 

It was ordered that no dispensation to ballot for, or confer either of 
the tl ree degrees out of time shall be granted in future. 
John 8. Davidson, (Augusta), G. M. 
A. M. Wolihin, (Macon), G. S. 


25th Communication. Boise City, Sept. 13th, 1892. 

John Henry Mycr, G. M. 

The Grand Lodge Proceedings must now be read in all the lodges in 
Idaho within three months of their receipt, and the Secretaries are re- 
quired to report this fact lo the Grand Secretary forthwith. 

The following report, which was adopted, contains very interesting 
and somewhat startling matter regarding the Grand Lodges of New 
South Wales and Mexico. — 

" Your Special Committee to whom was referred the letter of Arthur H. Bray, pur- 
porting to be the Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of Xew South Wale-. 
have had the same under consideration. Said letter is not attested by the seal of the 
Grand Lodge of which the said Arthur H. Bray claims to be Grand Secretary. But 
even admitting the genuineness of said communication as emanating from the Grand 
Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, we are not prepared to 
recommend a reversal by this Grand Lodgre of its actions at the last annual communi- 
cation. It was in evidence before this Grand Body at a former communication that 
what purported to be the secret or esoteric work of Masonry was published in book or 
pamphlet form, and thus made public. Such pamphlet or publication reached us from 
what we consider an authoritative source. Under the circumstances, and with such 
evidence before us, we repudiate any such body issuing such publication as unmasonic, 


and not entitled to recognition by this Grand Lodge. We would further recommend 
that the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge, under the direction of the Grand Mas- 
ter, communicate with the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, and learn from 
them whether or not such publication containing what purports to be the secret or 
esoteric work of Masonry was published or issued by authority of said United Grand 
Lodge of New South Wales, and report result of such correspondence at the next an- 
nual communication of this Grand Lodge. 

" Your committee has also had under consideration the letter dated City of Mexico, 
April 27th, 1892, addressed to R. W. J. H. Wickersham, Grand Secretary, signed by 
one wherein he claims to be a Master Mason, for many years a resident of Mexico, and 
thoroughly acquainted with the status of Masonry there, and containing serious 
charges against the Grand Lodge of the Federal District of Mexico, which, if true, 
should bar said Grand Lodge and its members, and all persons owing allegiance there- 
to, from recognition by any Grand Lodge or any Mason. Of the truth or falsity of the 
statements contained in said letter we have no means of judging, but the writer refers 
to Brother J. D. Vincil, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of "the state of Missouri. 

" While we recognize the fact that the Grand Lodge of the state of California and 
other Grand Jurisdictions have recognized the Grand Lodge of the Federal District of 
Mexico, we believe that the importance of the subject demands a searching enquiry as 
to the Masonic standing and character of the said Grand Lodge. 

" We therefore recommend that the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge, under the 
instruction and counsel of the M. W. Grand Master of this Grand Lodge, open cor- 
respondence with Brother J. D. Vincil, of Missouri, and with any other responsible 
parties they may see fit, and from whom reliable information may be obtained, to 
learn, if possible, the truth or falsity of the statements contained in said letter, and re- 
port such correspondence to this body at its next annual communication." 

Bro. Chas. C. Stephenson reports on correspondence. Our proceed- 
ings for 1891 receive due attention. 

Isaac C. Hatterbaugh, (Moscow), G. M. 
James H. Wickersham, (Boise City), G. S. 


53rd Communication, Chicago, Oct. -4th, 1892. 

Monroe C. Crawford, G .M. 

The Copestone of the great Masonic Temple was placed with solemn 
ceremonies and an imposing parade on November 6th, 1891. Gen. J. 
C. Soiith, P.G.M , presided with his accustomed ability and no less 
than 2547 members were in the procession. 

In his opening remarks, he says : — 

" Amidst the splendid civilization of to-day, our fraternity stands pre eminent, sub- 
lime, a creation of past ages, yet filled with the life and glory of the piesent. Old as 
the earth, yet young, vigorous, and inspiring as springtime. Masonry stands in advance 
of man, leading the world in its triumphant progress into the magnificent develop- 
ments awaiting us in the twentieth century. 

"There is inspiration in the past. Inspiration in the present. Inspiration in the 
future. Here we should renew our fealty : return our grateful thanks to the Supreme 
Architect of the Universe, and so fill our hearts anew with the virtues of Freemasonry, 
that they will shine out in all our lives and the world may see the splendor of the jew- 
els we wear. 

" Brethren, the year just closed has been one of great activity among the Masons of 
our State. I have found the work extremely pleasant, yet constantly increasing, and 
I \\ i-h now to return my heartfelt thanks to the brethren all over Illinois, who have so 
ably and faithfully assisted me, as without their kind and cordial co-operation the work 
could not have been done." 

He also has the following reference to our bereavements, — 

" The brethren of the Grand Lodge will remember the introduction to this Grand 
Lodga at our last annual communication of Right Worshipful Brother David McLen- 
nan, Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Canada and the representative 
of the Grand Lodge if Illinois near the Grand Lodge of Canada ; also Right Worship- 
ful Brother Mitchell, Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Canada. And you will 
remember the beautiful words of Right Worshipful Brother McLennan in response to 
the welcome accorded to them by this Grand Lodge. I am painxl to tell you that the 
(.rand Lodge of Canada mourns the death of both of these noble brothers." 

Eleven new lodges were f jrmed. 

Five Schools of Instruction were held, all of which were attended by 
the Grand Master, who says that their iuflueace for good has been felt 
in all parts of the jurisd'ction. 


The increase in membership has been greater than in any previous 
year, the grand total is now 46,021. 

The following report of Bro. Joseph Robbins against the recognition 
of the Grand Lodge of Italy was adopted : — 

" The question of recognizing this body was before this Grand Lodge at the commun- 
ication of 1889, ani recognition was declined for the reason that it was not an indepen- 
dent body, hems' one of the constituents of a grand orient envolved by the so-called 
Kite of Memphis and Misraine, which grand orient issued the charters of the lodges 
nominally subordinate to the Grand Lodge. The request for recognition is now re- 
newed and is accompanied by a letter from Bro. Albert Pike, since deceased, vouching 
for their regularity as Masons. 

" In re-examining the grounds on which the action of this Grand Lodge was based, 
this committee acknowledges its indebtedness to the committee on jurisprudence of 
the Grand Lodge of New York, who give the substantial facts disclosed by their trans- 
lation of the papers, and publish also verbatim, so much of the translation of the con- 
stitution of the grand orient as bears upon the independence of the so-called " Grand 
Lodge of Italy." 

" Your committee finds itself agreeing with the statement that the papers prese ited, 
and the translation referred to, contain nothing to change its opinion as reported when 
this question was under consideration a previous year, and upon which the Grand 
Lodges of Illinois and New York independently of each other reached the same con- 
clusion. The New York committee cite the sections of the constitution of the grand 
orient, embodying in the facts outlined to the Grand Lodge of Illinois by this commit- 
tee in 1889. 

" We find that the srrand orient is composed of a ' supreme council of the 33 : of the 
Scottish Rite, and the Symbolic Grand Lodge for the Symbolic Rite,' and Sec. 1-2 of 
their general constitution declares that ' Masonic sovereignty lies with the Masonic peo- 
ple as a whole, and is exerted for the government of the first three degreees by the 
ordinary or extraordinary legislative or constitutive assemblies composed of the repre- 
sentatives of all the lodges of both rites, active and regularly working.' Section 17 
provides that 'charters for the lodges of both rites are granted exclusively by the 
grand orient.' 

" ' This,' the committee further says, ' fully confirms the opinion of your committee 
as expressed last year, that this grand orient is a conglomerate body, composed of a 
• supreme council of 33' of the A. and A. S. Rite and the Symbolic Grand Lodge of the 
Symbolic Rite,' and is the governing body of lodges of the first three degrees iti either 
or both rite*. 

"The hybrid character of the governing body thus disclosed, and utter lack of inde- 
pendence of a so-called Grand Lodge, emasculate to the decree that it cannot even 
issue in its name, charters for its alleged offspring, makes it unnecessary to discuss the 
congenital disability of the lodges themselves in order to arrive at the conclusion that 
the so-called Grand Lodge of Italy is not a body that can be recognized by the Grand 
Lodge of Illinois." 

It was decided that a blank ballot is not a ballot or a vote, and it 
should not be counted as such, or have any effect upon the result of an 

A strong committee was appointed to make all necessary arrange- 
ments for the Fraternal Congress at Chicago in August, 1893. 

It was our good fortune to be present at this session of the Grand 
Lodge of Illinois, and we take this opportunity of fully acknowledging 
the great kindness and courtesy with which we were received. The 
very pleasant evening which we spent with the Committee on Juris- 
prudence will long be remembered. 

The Report on Correspondence (287 pages), is again by Bro. Joseph 
Robbins, who reviews in a most masterly manner the proceedings of 
55 American Grand Lodges, four of tjie Australian group and the Grand 
Lodge of Ireland. We quote the following paragraphs from his intro- 
ductory remarks : 

"In looking over the field of the year's work, what has seemed to us the most impressive 
thing encountered is the growing magnitude— or perhaps it is the growing realization of the 
magnitude— of the revelation from Australia. Prior to the formation of independent 
grand lodges there, few if any of us had any conception of the progress of Masonry in 
the Southern Seas. We did not have the proceedings of their provincial or district 
grand lodges, and knew substantially nothing of their statistics. When the infectious 
movemsnt for independence came, an I one grand lodge after another came before the 
world, with their hundreds of lodges, finely appointed apartments and systematic 


charities, their proceedings reflecting the work of able and cultivated men of high 
character, then we began to realize that the Fraternity had borne its part in the up- 
building of the various Australasian commonwealths. And now, after a few years of 
existen e as independent and sovereign bodies, as we note their mutual helpfulness 
and the increasing closeness of their fraternal intercourse, we see n ore clearly, prob- 
ably than they themselves feel, the large part they are bearing in the moulding of those 
commonwealths into a union that will ultimately constitute a great nation of free, strong, 
self-reliant English-speaking people, of whose place among the powers of the earth we 
have some hint in the fact that though they are still in their swaddling clothes rtiey are 
giving their grown-up sisters lessons in the elementary grades of self-government. 

" In the cis-Atlantic field the constant reader will find in these pages many questions 
cropping out which wear a familiar face, yet very probably the lineaments will not be 
quite the same, and to the new reader they will be quite unfamiliar. If to any these 
ever-recurring questions seem stale, the reflection that if the reviewer, to whom they 
probably seem more stale, can stand it, they ought also to be able to endure the inflic- 
tion when they remember that the very frequency of their outcropping proves that they 
are the practical questions — the snags which every new bark, or old bark with new 
pilot, is sure to strike. 

"Of the larger questions, that of Masonic homes and asylums still holds a place, but 
a less prominent one than a few years ago. In 1890 we felt warranted in saying that 
the trend of opinion seemed unmistakably towards the conclusion that only in the larger 
jurisdictions — if either their benefits or maintenance were to be bounded by jurisdic- 
tional lines — could such institutions be considered an economical method of Masonic 
benevolence. In the two years that have elapsed since that was written, opinion 
has rapidly erystalized about the conclusion which then seemed in sight, and the strong 
tendency now, so far as grand lodge charities are concerned, is to the creation of char- 
ity funds with which to supplement the benevolence of the lodges and of individuals. 
notably in those cases where the necessity for long-continued aid becomes a burden 
which the local Fraternity cannot well bear. One of the considerations which, apart 
from the conviction of the poor economy of the asylum method in smaller' jurisdictions, 
has been most potent in turning the brethren towards the charity fund method, is a 
recognition of the impolicy of establishing a pauper class — using that word in its gent'est 
sense — whom all the world shall recognize as being supported by charity. With an ex- 
pensive home or asylum, whose maintenance taxes all the energies of the Fraternity, 
there is nothing left to be devoted to those cases where only slight assistance is needed 
to tide over a temporary pinch and put the unfortunates in a way to help themselves. 
The inelastic system makes no provision for this class, nearly self-supporting, without 
putting them in to swell the ranks of those who are wholly unsupporting, while the 
elastic charity fund system adapts itself to the wants of either." 

On the subject of combining business and insurance with Masonry, 
Bro. Robbins has the following, with which we are in hearty accord : 

•' Our remarks were made under the impression that the association was wholly a 
private enterprise, but we find from the recorded remarks of the Grand Secretary that it 
was created by the Grand Lodge and is fostered by it. This is worse, because as the juris- 
diction of the Grand Lodge pertains only to Masonry, whatever that body stands spon- 
sor for is supposed by the world to be Masonry. But Masonry is a fellowship, not an 
investment ; and whoever tacks an investment system on to Masonry is doing hi> best- 
unconsciously though it be— to revolutionize the Institution in the direction in which 
its greatest danger lies. Individuals get up 'Masonic' insurance associations for the 
same reason that they get up those not so labelled— to make money, an 1 for some reason 
they have been permitted to trade on the Masonic name unhindered by the Fraternity, 
which still requires every candidate for its privileges to declare that in seeking them he 
is uninfluenced by mercenary motives. When Grand Lodges get up such enterprises it 
cannot be for profit, but must be because it is thought best to put Masonry iu competi- 
tion with the numberless modern orders organize! upon the basis of a quid pro quo. 
This is a confession that it is impossible or undesirable that a true fraternity should 
exist, a repudiation of the immemorial disclaimer of mercenary motives, an innovation 
in the body of Masonry than which— when its logical end shall have been reached— no 
greater can be conceived." 

Canada for 1891 r- ceives a full share of his attention. He criticizes 
some of the decisions of Grand Master Robertson. As to rank obtained 
in a foreign jurisdiction, B:o. Robbins thinks that all the acts of a 
recognized Grand Lodge are entitled to full faith and credit, and if by 
service therein a brother earns the title of Right Worshipful, it should 
be recognized as a valid title by all bodies according such recognition. 
On the use of the robes he has the following. The name of the lodge 
referred to is "Pythagoras." 

"The Grand Lodge concurred in the recommendation of the Committee on Juris- 
prudence that the use of robes be left to the discretion of each individual Lodge. We 


note this as the first instance in which a Grand Lod^e, so far as we have noticed, passed 
on this subject. We regret that the committee said nothing to indicate whether there 
was any archaeological significance in the name of the Lodge whence the question came, 
as connected with the subject ; but as some theories in Masonry have had long- lives on 
less evidence than such a possibility, we suggest to the Xorth Carolina committee — 
never yet formally discharged, we believe — the propriety of enquiring whether the 
present reign of tinsel, supposed by most to be a novelty, is not really a renaissance, 
and that the really characteristic feature of the lectures of ' our ancient and illustrious 
brother, ' Pythagoras,' was the fact of their being delivered in circus dres-." 

Munroe C. Crawford, (Jonesboro',) G. M. 
Loyal L. Munn, (Freeport), G. S. 


71st Communication, Indianapolis, May 24th, 1892. 

Nicholas R. Ruckle, G.M. 

There has been a general growth in every substantial and essential 
particular, in numbers, in financial strength and in Masonic spirit. The 
( irand Master records the death of their Senior Past Grand Master, Wil- 
liam Hacker, at the age of SI, who was Grand Master over 30 years 
ago. He was a man of great ability and thorough devotion to the Craft, 
and his personality has impressed itself upon the Fraternity more 
strongly than that of any of his compeers. 

The Grand Master strictly enforced the rule against joint occu- 
pincy :— 

"Akron Lodge No. 538, on the 29th of July, 1891, requested permission to meet in 
rooms occupied by associations not Masonic, stating that the Lodge must dissolve unless 
its expenses could in this way be reduced. The application was refused. It is better 
that a weak Lodge surrender its charter, than continue to live by violation of the law. 

••<m February 1st, 1>;i2, I received a letter from the Secretary of Waynetown Lodge 
No. 302, asking my opinion on the propriety of throwing open the doors of the Lodge- 
room for a public lecture by the Knights of Pythias, alleging as one of the reasons, 
that, ' by laying aside some of the apparent selfishness of Masonry, that our Order will 
be materially benefited.' 

"In reply, the Secretary was directed to Section 92 of the General Regulations. 
which forbids the use of the Lodgeroom for any purpose whatever, except for its legit- 
imate Masonic purposes, under penalty of forfeiture of charter." 

One of these lodges issued a circular to the other lodges asking signa 
tures to a petition to Grand Lodge for a repeal of that regulation. On 
this be'ng brought to the notice of the Grand Master, he ordered that 
all such circulars should be recalled. This was done, but in the mean- 
time, the petition had received some signatures. It was duly present- 
ed to the Grand Lodge and was referred to the Committee on Jurispru- 
dence, who reported that the petition and the signatures thereto were 
obtained in violation of Masonic law, and that the same could not 
therefore be considered. We do not understand by this deliverance that 
the right of petition is denied. If it were so, it would, in our opinion, be 
a grievous mistake. The action appears to have been in condemnation 
of a practice which had grown up in that jurisdiction of attempting to 
forestall the judgment of the Grand Lodge by the exercise of undue in- 
fluence in issuing these circulars prior to the meeting. 

A proposal to reduce the fee for initiation was lost. 

Delegates were appointed to the Fraternal Congress. 

Bro. Thomas B. Long reports on correspondence (192piges), and has 
a good notice of Canada for 1891. 

Sidney W. Douglas, (Evansville), G.M. 

William H. Smythe, (Indianapolis), G.S. 

18th Communication, Tahlequah, August 16th, 1892. 
Leo. E. Bennett, G.M. 
All their six Past Grand Masters were present. 


The Craft has been greatly favored and prospered during the year. 
Ten new lodges were formed. 

The Grand Master decided that the laying of corner-stones was a 
ceremony peculiarly within the province of the Grand Master, and that 
constituent lodges have no authority of themselves to conduct such 
service. The Committee on Law and Usage recommended that the 
words " Grand Lodge "' should he used instead of "Grand Master." 
Both parties defended their respective positions with able arguments, 
but the Grand Lodge decided that the Grand Master was right. We 
think that they were both right. It is undoubtedly the prerogative of 
the Grand Master to lay corner-stones, but he never does it without 
calling on the Grand Lodge to assist him. We do not see how he 
could very well perform the ceremony all alone. 

The time of meeting was changed from August to February. 

Initial steps were ordered to be taken for the formation of a Grand 
Lodge for Oklahoma. 

Delegates were appointed to the Fraternal Congress at Chicago, but 
without power to legislate and at their own expense. 

The educational expenses of 34 orphan children have been paid by 
the lodges. 

Under the heading of "Jewels for our Daughter," appears the 
following : — 

" Mo~t girls learn to like jewellery quite early in life, and many parent? take pleasure 
in indulging this disposition by presenting their daughters, especially as they approach 
womanhood, with beautiful and often costly jewellery. But it is not often the ease that 
the fondest aiid most indulgent mother will provide jewels for her daughter while yet 
unborn. Yet this is exactly what Grand Lodire did in unanimously voting on motion 
ofBro. R. W. Hill, a set of Grand Lodge jewels to her Oklahoma daughter when the 
little lady shall have made her appearance in the Masonic world.'' 

Canada for 1891 receives a good notice. 


19th Communication, Ardmore, February 7th, 1893. 

Leo. E. Bennett, G.M. 

The address of the Grand Master is principally taken up with an 
account of the organization of the new Grand Lodge of Oklahoma. He 
presided at the Convention. Three new lodges were formed in the six 
months since their last meeting. 

The Grand Lodge of New Zealand was recognized. 

The time of meeting was changed back to August again. 

The Jewels for Oklahoma cost 8175. 

Owing to the illness of Bro. Joseph S. Murrow, the report on cor- 
respondence is written by Bro Robert W. Hill. In his review of 
Oklahoma, he says : — 

"As to tile question of power to organize this Grand Lodge we have discussed it 
elsewhere, but in justice to the views of some of the brethren in Oklahoma and Indian 
Territory, it is only fair to say that the Grand Lodge of Indian Territory would have 
preferred to retain jurisdiction over Oklahoma. Many of the oldest, wisest and most 
faithful brethren looked upon the movement with misgivings, feeling that in a time of 
such political uncertainty it would be better to defer action of this kind. The present 
outlook for the speedy union in one State of the divided Territories shows that these 
brethren were right, and that it would have been wise to wait the outcome of pending 
legislation. And jet, with this feeling as to the wisdom of the movement, these 
brethren, for the sake of harmony, and in token of good will to the Oklahoma brethren, 
did not oppose the organization'. They said: 'If all the Oklahoma Lodges want a 
separate Jurisdiction we will not stand in the way.' This explanation is due to them 
and is made after the organization has been accomplished, so that the motives of the 
brethren may not be called in question." 

Andrew Hardy, (Ardmore), G.M. 

Joseph S. Murrow, (Atol'a), G.S. 



49th Communication, Dubuque, June 7th, 1892. 

Ralph G. Phelps, G.M. 

They have had a large increase in membership, six new lodges and 
only one case of discipline. The Grand Master arrested the charter of 
a lodge for neglecting to comply with the regulation of the Grand 
Lodge forbidding incorporation. After some correspondence, the lodge 
cancelled their articles of incorporation, and their charter was restored. 

Lender the fostering care of Bro. Parvin, their library has obtained 
a world-wide reputation. An extract from his report will give an idea 
of the treasures it contains : — 

"Fourth Class. — Of which the Iowa Masonic Library is a conspicuous representative. 
contains all of the publications of the three classes named, and in addition to the cur- 
rent Masonic periodicals, all of the old Masonic periodicals published in all countries prior 
to the year 1844. Also the proceedings of all other Grand Masonic bodies of the world, 
including those of the negro Masons and of the clandestine Masons of the various grades 
and rites that have existed in the past or now exist : together with Masonic works of 
old or later dates, works upon kindred or allied subjects to Masonry, as Mythology, 
Worship. Religion, Numismatics, Masonic Medals, Chivalry, Crusades, Archaeology, 
etc., etc., together with all publications issued by the anti-Masons and their associa- 
tions in their warfare upon Masonry and secret societies. 

"The distinguishing and valuable feature of the Iowa Masonic Library may be said 
to consist in its universality. It embraces all classes of Masonic publications in Europe 
and America, Xorth and South, together with the other continents, and the isles of 
the sea, both for and against Masonry." 

The Grand Secretary reports on correspondence, and has a good 
notice of our Proceedings for 1891. 
Ralph G. Phelps (Atlantic), G.M. 
Theodore S. Parvin, (Cedar Rapids), G. S. 


37th Communication, Hutchinson, Feb. 15th, 1893. 

The Grand Master visited about fifty lodges. He says that their 
work is the original " Webb " work. He and the Custodian carefully 
platted all the floor movements with accompanying explanatory notes. 
Seven new lodges were formed. 

The following report on their work was adopted : — 

" Your committee hare had the matter of the correct work, as suggested in the M. 
W. Grand Master's address, under consideration. In contemplation of the law, the 
Board of Custodians are supposed to have and retain the correct work, and are author- 
ised and required to disseminate the same. As the M. W. Grand Master has felt him- 
self prepared to say to the Grand Lodge that ' the work held and being disseminated 
by the Custodians is the work specified in the Constitution,' your committee have 
come to the conclusion that there is no well-founded cause of complaint in that direc 
tion, and do not feel justified in recommending any material change in the manner of 
disseminating the work. 

"So far as the fldbr movements and plats are concerned, we approve of the recom- 
mendation of the M. W. Grand Master, and recommend that it be adopted." 

The Rev. Bro. J. W. Wright, Grand Orator, delivered an eloquent 
address on " Masonry, its Tenets and Ministry," from which we make 
one extract : — 

"From out the hearts of those old Aryan and Persian philosophers something 
strangely like Masonry was born. We know not the names of those who laid its chief 
corner-stone, or cemented its broad and deep foundation walls. But some inquiring 
spirit endowed with the first gleams of philosophy and poetic fancy ; some spirit far 
removed from us, yet brother to us ; some spirit, long since departed to that deathless 
state to which we haste, made an humble beginning, and handed the working tools to 
others. Tims from time immemorial have they wrought, and we ha\e entered into 
their labors. Our mystic temple took on more tangible shape as timid workmen 
builded the temple of God midst the glory of Solomon's days. Thoughts and things of 
great value and import come to perfection slowly. They do not spring up in a day 
from some royal decree or mandate. Masonry's beginning was humble : its evolution 
primitive : its maturity and growth slow. From the hearts of those ancient brethren 


and burden-bearers who first saw the gladdening light, Masonry went forth to bless 
the world with light, truth and love. Toiling under the shadow of that noble structure 
— their temple— the transition was easy from ashlars rough to ashlars smooth ; from 
Burden Bearers to Apprentices ; from Layers of Stone to Fellow Crafts ; from Superin- 
tendents to Masters ; from Royal Overseers to Grand Masters, and from level, plumb, 
square, compasses and gauge to the beautiful uses to which we symbolically assign 
them. In the Apprentices we see an infant race ; crude children of* Nature they are ; 
blind, but willing to be led and taught. In the Fellow Craft we seethe race fever- 
ish for knowledge and light, and groping for a stairway that may lead to still 
more wonderful unfoldings. In the Master Mason we see the race face to face 
with the awful demands of integrity the certainty of a future spirit state, and the 
dread problem of duty and immortality. The Entered Apprentice sees only the cold 
grey walls of the temple ; the Master comes to know the hidden and spiritual meaning 
of the temple by communing with its builder, the Supreme Architect." 

Subscriptions to a proposed Masonic Home were promised to the 
amount of $15,000, and a plan was adopted for the organization of a 
Board of Directors to carry out the scheme. The Grand Lodge then 
voted $4,000 to this object, and also ordered a special assessment of one 
dollar per member annually for five years for the benefit of the Home. 
The locations and all other details were left to the Board of Directors. 

Three delegates were appointed to attend the Congress at Chicago at 
the expense of the Grand Lodge. 

The Committee on Jurisprudence feel constrained to say that no fur- 
ther declaration shall be made upon the subject of the Past Master's ' 

The Grand Secretary has an excellent report on correspondence. On 
rotation in office he says : 

"We are not prepared to endorse entirely the views so ably expressed by the Grand 
Master, touching the question of rotation in office. We have never looked upon such a 
precedent with favor, for the reason it seemed to be fraught with more evil than good 
consequences. The simple fact that a brother has served as a Warden is not, according 
to our views, sufficient reason to entitle him to advancement. During our thirty years 
of official life in our Masonic Institution, we have known more than one brother who 
served fairly well in that capacity, but, unfortunately, when he was advanced to the East, 
he proved an utter failure. He lacked the requisite qualification of a presiding officer, 
and was unable to confer the degrees in a manner creditable to himself. We do not be- 
lieve it is safe to advance any brother from an inferior office to a higher grade unless he 
has proved by his industry and zeal for the Institution that he possesses the necessary 
qualifications to preside over the Sons of Light. 

"It may be possible that we have placed the standard too high : we think not. Give 
us such Masters, and success is assured. There will be no occasion for Tylers to get out 
and drum up enough to make a lawful quorum to open the Lodge for the transaction of 
business. The evil effects of having incompetent officers is felt in all branches of 
Masonry, and no observing brother will deny it ; therefore let us see to it that none but 
the very best material in the Lodge is started on the way. As the Grand Master says : 
' Start with a good Junior Warden, and if he does not prove to be the right sort of 
material, drop him and try another, and so on.' " 

Canada for 1892 receives special mention. He says that our Grand 
Master, J. Ross Robertson, is in the front rank of Masonic workers, 
and his record is one of which any Grand Master might feel proud. On 
the Past Master's degree, Bro. Brown says : 

" He says : ' We regret to find that our brother is concerned about the Past Mas 
ter's Degree.' Well, Brother Drummond, we are not losing any sleep or racking our 
brain over this so-called degree, as we never thought there was enough in it to warrant 
the expenditure of either time or money. It possibly may be good for what Brother 
Drnmmond suggests — pleases the boys. When we hear the word ' ceremony ' used in 
connection with the Past Master's Degree, we recall a little speech made once in con- 
ferring the ' degree ' by our lamented Past Grand Master Rees, which caused a general 
smile. It is not conferred in Kansas to any alarming extent, and we shall continue to 
heap coals of fire on its head until it becomes extinct for want of enough interest to 
keep it alive." 

William D. Thompson (Minneapolis), G. M. 
John H. Brown (Kansas City), G. S. 

Bro. Brown was absent from the session through illness, and he was 
re-elected in his absence. 


Since these proceedings were received, we have been deeply grieved 
to learn of the death of Bro. John H. Brown. He was a man of the 
most genial and kindly disposition, and a Mason of acknowledged 
ability and erudition. It was our good fortune to have had his personal 
acquaintance, and we tender to our brothers in Kansas our deep sym- 
pathy in the loss they have sustained. 


93rd communication, Louisville, Oct. 18, 1892. 

James A. McKenzie, G.M. 

On the state of the Craft he says : 

"lam pleased to announce that Masonry in this jurisdiction is fairly prosperous, 
and that nothing lias occurred during the year just closing to mar the peace and har- 
ui'.nx oftheCraft. During mj term of office I have received but few complaints, and 
ingle appeal. 

"I have not arrested a chi pi tided a Lodge officer during my term of ser- 
vice. MyMasoni rrespondence has been large, and I have found my duties to be 

numerous and weighty, but in the discharge of the functions of my office I have been 
met in such a loyal ana-fraternal spirit bj Craftsmen throughout the jurisdiction that 
so far as I know or believe, no rankling wounds have been left, and peace and harmony 
everywhere prevail," 

The Grand Master decided that no part of the revenues of the Grand 
Lodge should be derived from lotteries, and he instructed the Grand 
Treasurer not to receive any funds in the way of dividends on the lot- 
tery stock in which the Grand Lodge is interested. 

The doctrine of " perpetual juiisdiction " is not held in Kentucky. 

The Masonic Home is now on a sound and enduring financial basis. 
A proposition to increase the asse smenl for the benefit of the Home 
from fifty cents to one dollar Mas submitted to the lodges and was 
carried by a large majority. This entitles each affiliated Mason in the 
jurisdiction to receive the Slavonic Hom< Journal, free of cost. 

The following report, which was adopted, seems to be well adapted 
to secure an almost absolute uniformity in the work : — 

"1. That the work and lectures agreed upon by the commission he declared to b 
the only authorized work and lectures of this jurisdiction. 

"2. that after the year 1897 no other work and lectures -hall he used in the juris- 
diction of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. 

"3. Thai the present commission and their successors shall be known as 'The 
i i Custodians of the Work.' Provided, that in 1893 the personel of the 
may be changed at the discretion of the Grand Lodge ; but, to insure uniformity, after 
that the members shall hold their positions during good behavior. A College of 
Custodian- changeable at short intervals would be nearly worthless. 

" I. Vacancies in the College of Custodians shall be filled by nomination of the Grand 
Master and election by the College. 

" 5. The College of Custodians shall adopt rules and by-laws and keep a record of its 
proceedings and acts, which shall be open to the inspection of the Grand Master or any 
committee appoined by the Grand Lodge for that purposi . 

'•6. The College shall meet annually after the Grand Lodge closes, and ought to 
meet mar the festivals of the Saints John. 

"7. There shall be a Grand Lecturer, and as many Deputy Grand Lecturers and 
Lecturers as may be deemed expedient ; all of whom _.hall be Master Masons, 
members of some subordinate lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of 
Kentucky, and before entering upon the duties of their offices, shall submit to an 
examination by the College of Custodians under its rules as to their fitness and 
qualifications. If found to be proficient, or sufficiently informed in the work and 
lecture-, ami otherwise suitable, they shall be given a certificate which shall expire by 
limitation in one j'ear from its date ; and unless such certificate he renewed (after a re- 
examination) the brother to whom it was given shall cease to be either Grand Lecturer, 
Deputy Grand Lecturer or Lecturer, a- the case maj 1"-. 

"8. The Grand Lecturer shall be appointed by the Grand Master, and report fully 
to the Grand Lodge at its annual communications, and, ad interim, to the Grand 

Blaster when required ; and shall receive the sum of £ per month from the 

Grand Treasurer. In addition thereto he shall he paid (by the lodges visited) his 
actual travelling expenses to reach such lodges, and if away from home, be furnished 
board while instructing them. 


"9. The Grand Lecturer shall, after consulting with the Masters of lodges, when 
practicable, give notice through the Masonic Home Journal where and when lie will 
hold lodges of instruction ; ami shall hold such a lodge for at least six consecutive days 
(omitting Sundays) in every judicial district of the State annually. 

"10. The Grand Lecturer, In advice and consent of the Grand Master, may appoint 
Deputy Grand Lecturers, who may hold lodges of instruction under the warrants of 
some regular lodge, under direction of the Grand Lecturer, and receive such compensa 
tton, if am , from tiie parties interested as may be agreed upon by them. 

"11. The College of Custodians maj appoint Lecturers to lecture individual brethren 
and lodges, when requested, with or without compensation, as may be agreed upon 
between the parties. 

" Your Commission are of opinion that these rules ought to be made a part of the 

The Grand Lodge of Victoria was recognized. 

A motion was adopted that new collars for the Grand Officers be 
procured, but by consent, the Grand Master directed the Grand 
Secretary to procure gold jewels to be suspended from a pin or bar in 
lieu of the collars. 

Rro. James W. Staton reports on correspondence in his usual able 
and pleasant manner. In his notice of our proceedings for 1S92 he 
sa\ s : — 

"Eighteen closely written pages are devoted to the admirable address of the Grand 
Master. What shall we say in praise of this Magnificent address, or where shall we 
begin to review it ? And then the question, if we be: in where shall we end? We could 
write more than we ha\ e space to allot to the review of this jurisdiction on this address, 
and then not do it justice. Suffice it to say, that there is no scope of Masonic duty 
that has not been alluded to. There have been no interests of the Craft in Ontario that 
have not received the closest attention. It is by far the most excellent address that has 
come within our knowledge or under our notice in this extensive review, now drawing 
to a close, which will embrace all or nearly till the American jurisdictions and some 
across the seas. Such Grand Masters are rare, lie came to the conclusion that two 
years, which is the limit of that jurisdiction, was enough for him, and he plainly 
announced his determination not to allow his name to lie further used in connection 
with the office of Grand Master. The (hand Lodge of Canada has been remarkably 
fortunate in selecting an able body of Grand Masti rs, men of first-class ability, and this 
one, in our judgment, has proven himself the equal, if not the superior, of any of them." 

J. Speed Smith, (Richmond), G.M. 
H. B. Grant, (Louisville), G.S. 


8lst Communication, New Orleans, Feb. 13th, 189.3 

Bro. Charles F. Buck, the Grand Master, was absent through illness. 
In his address he mentions the death of their most prominent Past 
Grand Master, Joseph Potts Horner. Four new lodges were formed. 
Their new and magnificent Temple in New Orleans was dedicated on 
St. John's Day, with appropriate ceremonies. The condition of the 
Craft is more satisfactory than it has been for many years. 

R. W. Bro. D. F. McWatt was appointed as their representative 
near the Grand Lodge of Canada. 

Bro. Samuel M. Todd, the Grand Lecturer, visited and opened a 
number of Lodges of Instruction, including the lodges working in the 
French, Spanish, Get man and Italian languages, and in the Scottish 
Rite. We wonder what in the world he had to do with the Scottish 
Rite ? Another grand visitor found most of the lodges he visited de- 
ficient in the ritual and lecture, and no uniformity in the work, no 
two lodges working alike. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

"Resolved, — That this Grand Lodge authorize the M. W. Grand Master to appoint 
a Board of Trustees for a prospective Masonic- Home for the indigent Masons, their 
widows and orphans, of the State of Louisiana, said Board of Trustees to be composed of 
three city brethren and three from the country. The M. W. G. M. to form the sevent 
member of said Bond as chairman." 


The retiring Grand Master, Bro. Buck, has held the office for six 
years with marked zeal and fidelity. He was mainly instrumental in 
the building of their Temple, and he has materially assisted in the 
restoration of their prosperity. 

Bro. J. Q. A. Fellows has another report on correspondence, ar- 
ranged with reference to the topics discussed, similar to those present- 
ed for several years past On the insurance feature in connection with 
Freemasonry, he has some excellent remarks, from which we make the 
following extract. 

" The sudden rise in recent years of many secret and semi-secret societies, and their 
existence with a large membership, have sensibly checked the growth of the Masonic 
Institution, and materially affected its prosperity. The effect of these upon Masonry 
have been deleterious in several ways, but chiefly in two, which the present seems to be 
a fitting time to present fo the consideration of our Fraternity. The first — preventing 
a healthy increase of membership — has, it seems, reached the culmination, and a return 
of our prosperity in this regard no longer should give us much concern. But the sec- 
ond still remains, and, indeed, without our utmost care, has but just begun to show its 
deleterious influence upon the future of our Order; that is, the danger of engrafting 
upon — of infusing into— the principles of true Freemasonry, wrong ideas of the Insti- 
tutimi. Indeed, we have for some time past seen this, unless checked, fatal tendency. 

" All these institutions — organizations — are based upon the mutual benefit idea, 
having incorporated in them, every one, this feature. They all have a secret form of 
organization, calculated to attract men by an appeal to the natural curiosity of man, 
as many are more or less attracted by the Masonic Institution, with all the high-sounding 
titles which the imaginative mind could suggest. But the' main inducement held out by 
these organizations to the uninitiated is the feature, presented in various forms, that by 
the payment of certain monthly or quarterly sums, called dues or assessments, a cer- 
tain fixed sum per week should be paid each member in case of sickness, or a sum of 
less or greater amount to the family of the deceased in case of death. A calculation, 
even casual, clearly shows that the amount promised was far in excess of the premium, 
called dues, paid in. Hence many, in the hopes of getting much for little, have been 
induced to join these various organizations. They become health and life insurance 
societies at a very much less premium than were offered by life insurance companies, 
whose premiums were based on carefully prepared tallies of mortality, protected by 
careful medical examinations. A careful examination would have shown that as soon 
as the ordinary death rate or sickness should begin to happen, say in the course of five 
or ten years, there would be no funds to pay out, and all who, at the end of such term, 
remained members, would be left with an empty bag to hold. Indeed, the head man 
of one of the organizations in this city, once stated that at least ninety per cent, of the 
entire membership would drop out of their own accord, or have their membership for- 
feited by non-payment of dues, or assessments, and that in this way the other ten per 
cent, would have a certainty of having their policies paid in full. It is this plan of get- 
ting from others what you contributed only in part yourself, that keeps these organiza- 
tions alive. The idea of contributing a small sum for stated times for a short period, 
say five or seven years, or less, and then getting a large sum, was the basis of the mar- 
riage associations — of short life — of the Iron Hall, now in a state of collapse, and, indeed, 
in some form or other, with variations to catch the fancy, it is the basis of all these ben- 
efit associations, and which, it is safe to say, will all share the same fate as the two men- 
tioned. And this is as it should be. 

"The whole scheme, of each and all, is based on false premises. It engenders false 
ideas of life anil business. It inculcates wrong principles, and leads men into erroneous 
habits of life. There is nothing of benevolence, or charity, or brotherly love about it, 
It is an attempt to get from another by indirection, without a quid pro quo. It is near 
akin to gambling. It is not an incentive to good morals or right living. Being all 
this, all these institutions must sooner or later come to an end, as founded on wrong 
ideas and incorrect principles of conduct. Hence, there has been in the minds of clear, 
calm thinkers, little fear of their long continuance." 

He says that he cannot yet report Masonry in Mexico as established 
upon a proper and sure foundation. 
George W. Boulton, (Pineville), G. M. 
Richard Lambert, (New Orleans), G. S. 

73rd Communication, Portland, May 3rd, 1S92. 
Henry R. Taylor, G M. 

He mentions the death of their venerable Grand Secretary, Ira Berry, 
who held that office since 1856, and was buried on the 90th annivers- 


ary of his birth. On the condition of the Fraternity, the Grand Master 

says :— 

• A • just regard for the rights of others,' most fraternally reciprocated by the Grand 
Lodge of Maine, renders the present year one of marked freedom from strife or dis- 
agreement, and presents 'the continuance of brotherly love' and the 'dwelling to- 
gether in unity.' 

" Of Lodges, we count the same number as reported last year. 

" Only one new lodge has been constituted, while, by the consolidation of two others, 
the total remains unchanged. Notwithstanding the loss by suspensions and by the 
hand of death, there has been an increase of membership, giving -21,177 this year 
against 20,968 of last. 

" An important feature, encouraged from year to year, will be noticable, an increase in 
the average membership of lodges, it being now about 110 per lodge. Each is thereby 
made stronger, and the financial burdens of each comparatively lighter by the aggre- 

On Masonic degress for the female sex, he observes : — 

"My attention has been called and opinion solicited regarding certain ' androgy- 
nous,' or so-called ' side degrees ' of Masonry. How far the institution (?) has obtained 
foot-hold, or been promulgated within our jurisdiction, I am not informed. 

" With its ' essentials ' or its advantages I am equally unacquainted, and, if 'ignor- 
ance is bliss,' I confess to enjoying a superlatively ' blissful ' condition 

" By no means would we ignore the claims which certain ties of consanguinity some- 
times demand of a Master Mason. No true mason forgets their legitimate require- 
ments. Can they become more vital or effectual by any system of specious 'grafting' 
upon ' the body politic ' ? Is our temple so faulty in its construction that we require 
some ' annex ' to sustain it ? Or, shall we wantonly delude our innocent kindred with a 
very faint shadow, and call it a veritable substance ? Masonry is content with its own 
name and mission. It has no ambition to stand 'sponsor' for any order of 'Oriental 
Astrals,' or ' Association for the Relief of Plethoric Pocket Books.' 

" Let us deal fairly and frankly in this, as in kindred matters. If that which is 
'esoteric' in Masonry is displayed ' upon the tables of money-changers, ' I fear that 
more than a few doves will be sold. 

"The place for fictitious ' side degrees of Masonry ' is outside even the ' porch of its 
temple.' " 

As an instance of the varied work often required to be done by our 
Grand Officers, we take the following from the report of the Grand 
Secretary : — 

" In the numerous demands of all kinds from different jurisdictions, it is frequently 
necessary to call upon the lodge officers for labor outside of their regular duties, and 
I am happy to say that all such requests are met with cheerful compliance. We were 
requested by a California Lodge to hunt up the record of an old mason now twenty 
years dead. I asked the assistance of Past Grand Master Fessendex I. Day, in this, as 
he has been ever ready to help in good works. He found that the brother had left 
Maine over eighty years ago, before reaching manhood, and was able to refer them to 
his probable early residence. In another case a California Master wrote that a legacy 
from a Grandmother awaited two orphan boys somewhere in Maine. The boys were 
found in Cherryfield, and Bro. Fred. I. Campbell, the Master of Xanaguagus Lodge, 
had their interests in charge. It was pleasant to put the two Masters in communication, 
and to know that at the two extremes of this broad continent, two lodges were watching 
over the interests of the fatherless, without hope of fee or reward, or even of mention, 
and would see their interests protected, or know the reason why. 

" In another instance, the great-grandson of your first Grand Tyler, residing in Ore- 
gon, sought information about his ancestor. It was possible to give him considerable 
of a biography, and a tracing of his signature. 

" This silent work of the fraternity is deeply appreciated by those who are benefited 
by it, and it cannot but be gratifying to the Craft to know that it is going on, although 
the details are not reported." 

The Grand Lodge of Tasmania was recognized on the report of Bro. 
Drummond, that a very large majority of the lodges had joined the 
new Grand Lodge, which had been recognized by the parent Grand 

Bro. Josiah H. Drummond presents another of his super- excellent re- 
ports on correspondence. It covers over 220 pages of closely printed 
matter and therefore it is impossible to do it justice in the space at our 
command. It is needless to say that it is well written and full of in- 


terest ; and all current questions are discussed with great ability. We 
must be satisfied, however, with a few i|iiotations. 

On uniformity of work : — 

" The desirability of the result proposed, viz.: the universal uniformity of masonic 
work, cannot be denied ; indeed, until that shall be substantially secured, the claim of 
universality of Masonry is a delusion or a pretence ; but we have no confidence in any 
attempt to secure it. because the unmasonie sentiment now prevailing, that each Grand 
Lodge is a law unto itself in all masonic matters, will prevent it. The fundamental idea 
of Masonry was that it is an institution — aunit : hut the actually prevailing idea is that it 
is an aggregation of organizations, each claiming to be 'sovereign,' hut practising the 
principles of the old institution as ' amended,' (':) and changed by itself, according t<> its 
own views of the 'requirements of human progress:' There are exceptions; - 
Grand Lodges adhere, with commendable tenacity, to what they understand to be the 
principles and policy of the institution, 'without variableness, or the shadow of change:' 
if all did this, the univel-salitj of Masonry would be preserved as far as it is possible for 
human beings to preserve it, when acting otherwise than under one controlling head. 
Hut it is manifest that these Grand Lodges would adhere to their own system of work 
with the utmost tenacity : they will not allow possible errors, which may arise out of 
the lack of infallibility of human beings. For example, who believes that the Grand 
Lodge of Pennsylvania would yield its own views in relation to the ritual to the com- 
bined judgment of all the Grand Lodges in the world ? We do not say this in a criticising 
spirit : adherence to the ' Ancient Landmarks' ha- been rigidly taught in that jurisdiction 
and every mason in it lias been taught, and fully believes, that the original principles, 
polity and work of the institution have been handed down from generation to generation 
with absolute perfection: how, then, can they consent to any change'' But Grand 
Lodges, other than the class to which we have just alluded, will be unwilling to sur- 
render their own modes of work, even in order to conform to the decision of the 
majority. At any rate, no Grand Lodge should adopt the proposed plan without deter- 
mination to abide bj the result: and so many have established a system of work and 
been at great expenditure of time, labor and money, in disseminating it amoi 
lodges, that we have no faith that they will consent to abandon it, or so modify it as to 
secure the meat desideratum of a universally uniform ritual. 

"There is another inherent difficulty. There is no doubt that the 'Ancients ' in- 
troduced changes into the ritual existing at the time of their organization, claiming 
that those, from whom they seceded, had departed from the old system, so that after 
their system was introduced into this country, there were two modes of working; as 
the two parties assimilated in this country and in each jurisdiction one mode was 
adopted, that mode embraced more or less of the peculiarities of both systems, ami 
thereby diversities arose, which the labors of Webb but practically removed : so that if 
two jurisdictions have now the precise rituals which they had a century or so ago, it 
does not follow that the two are the same." 

On past rank in another jurisdiction : — 

"There should be no question that a Past Grand Master's rank is not a local one. but 
a universal one. and wherever affiliated, he should stand on a level with hi- peers. In 
olden times, a Past .Master was a Past Master in Masonry, and not of a particular lodge 
or a particular State : his ran!; was recognized universally precisely the same as in case 
of a Master Mason ; the change has arisen from local jealousy, which should find no 
place in Masonic polity." 

On lodge jurisdiction : — 

"The doctrine of inter-lodge territorial jurisdiction is a very recent one and is not 
universal even now. Within our recollection, it was not the law in any jurisdic- 
tion in this section of the country. Territorial jurisdiction was given to lodgi 5 
press granl of the Grand Lodge. Waiver of jurisdiction in favor of a lodge in another 
state was fir>t given by the Grand Master, under the law of fee Grand Lodge. The law 
of territorial jurisdiction was not based upon the rights of lodges, but upon the 
welfare of the Craft : its moving cause was to require candidates to apply to lodges 
where they are best known. A Grand Master cannot impose a member upon a lodge 
because the right of a lodge to choose it- own member ' is not subject to a dispensa- 
tion.' Therefore the opposite does not follow. We repeat, that territorial jurisdiction 
was not established for the 'being and growth ' of a lodge, but to correct abuses, a- it 
was found that unworthy candidates were admitted bj applying where they were not 
well known. The law was adopted in Maine upon our motion, and the reason given 
was the one which we have just stated.'' 

Canada for 1891 receives a good notice. 
Henry R. Taylor, (Machias), G. M. 
Stephen Berry, (Portland), G. S. 



17th Communication, Winnipeg, June Sth, 1892. 

William G. Bell, G.M. 

Bro. Bell's record of visitations and other work proves him to have 
been a most efficient officer : — ■ 

" In the absence of a Grand Lecturer I deemed it to be my duty to visit as great a 
number of Lodges as possible, as I was convinced That in a number I could give needed 
instruction, and in others awaken a greater interest in the work. Of the forty-six 
Lodges, I held meetings at forty-one, and from the enthusiasm manifested, and the ap- 
preciation shown, I have no doubt that my visits will be productive of much good. 
While the brethren everywhere showed me every attention and hospitality, still, from 
the amount of territory to be gone over, the vicissitude of the weather and late trains, 
I found that the task was no easy or pleasant one. In the course of my official visits 1 
travelled 3,500 miles, 250 of which were by stage." 

A new lodge was formed at Hartney. 

The jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge extends to the Rocky Moun- 
tains. It is a land of magnificent distances, and when we read of bro- 
thers travelling, and often riding 2.5, 3,1 and 62 miles to attend lodge, 
we are lost in wonder at the Masonic interest displayed by these en- 
thusiasts. The D.D.G.M. of Alberta District thus speaks of Spitzi.: 
lodge : — 

"The brethren of this Lodg-e enjoy the privilege of daily beholding perhaps the 
grandest of all grand views of the Rockies. A- \> e drove up to this pleasant little town, 
we were struck with admiration upon beholding the semi-circle of hills and mountains 

on the north and west, and afterward w lered if the constant contemplation of these 

specimens of the everlasting sentinels reminded them of their Masonic duties because 
the meeting 1 visited on the 14th of November, although the weather was rather cold, 
was very well attended, one brother (Bro, W. (;. Haultain) coming on horseback over 
thirty miles, and many others nearly as far. By the way, the family of Haultain must 
be a good Masonic family, because Brother I'. W. G. Haultain, of Macleod, cheerfully 
gave his time for two days and drove us to l'mcher Greek and back, which was much 
appreciated. This is a good Lodge, well worked, well furnished, and it-- books in 
beautiful shape, in the hands of Bro. H. E. Hyde. 

Cascade lodge was moved from Anthracite to Banff. 

The worthy Grand Secretary is busily- engaged in procuring all the 
possible facts relative to the early history of Freemasonry in Manitoba. 

New Zealand was recognized. 

The following resolution was adopted : — • 

"That in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee on the State ol 
Masonry, a sum of one hundred dollars be placed at the disposal of the Grand Mastei 
to be expended as necessary in defraying the travelling expenses of well-skilled breth- 
ren appointed to visit Lodges tor the purpose of instruction. The District Deputy 
Grand Master to suggest the name of a well-skilled brother in the District for appoint- 
ment as instructor.'' 

Eight delegates wero elected to the Congress at Chicago. 

J. W. H. Wilson, (Portage la Prairie), G.M. 

(Bro. Wilson died within a few weeks after his election. He was an 
old and highly esteemed member of our Grand Lodge, and formerly 
resided at Bradford in this county.) 

William G. Scott, (Winnipeg), G.S. 


Semi-annual Communication, May 10th, 1892. 

Unusual activity prevailed throughout the State. The law requiring 
the Grand Lecturer to visit every lodge in the State at least once in 
each year is bearing good fruit. The attendance at the Lodge of In- 
struction is on the increase. At a general Lodge of Instruction ordered by 
the Grand Master, there were .300 brethren present. The Grand Master 
is endeavoring to form a Masonic Quartette that, will be equal to any- 
thing in the country, and whose services will be at the disposal of the 


Blue lodges generally. There are a number of these musical quartettes 
in Boston, all employed by the Masonic lodges. 

The reconstruction of the Masonic Temple in Baltimore is progress- 
ing satisfactorily. 

"Since the last Communication of the Grand Lodge, a number of the brethren, im- 
bued with the true principles of the Fraternity, have formed an Association, known as 
the Fellow Craft Association of Maryland, which was formed for charitable purposes, 
and is intended to relieve distressed brethren of this jurisdiction, whose cases are 
emergent. The Association has already done good work in relieving the distressed 
within our borders. Their only source of income is from voluntary contributions from 
individual members of the Fraternity ; their plan being to get small annual contribu- 
tions from a large number of the brethren throughout the State, which they hope will 
in the end aggregate a large amount. Tha object of the Association is a most worth] 
one, and I cheerfully recommend it to the kind consideration of the brethren." 

Bro. Schultz is happy in having an old relic properly cared for : — 

"Brother E. T. Schultz presented the following communication and resolution, which 
was adopted : 
"Most Worship/nl Grand Master: 

" There is among our archives a valuable and interesting relic, which has not, I think, 
received the care and attention its value and importance deserves. It is an old volume 
printed in the Latin language, in old Gothic or black letter, presented to the Grand 
Lodge by Past Grand Master Anthony Ki.mmel, at the 1852 Annual Communication. 

It was styled by Brother Kimmel " Biblia Sacra," he supposed it to be a full Bible, 
but it now appears, from the critical examination of a learned gentleman of Hopkins 
University to be " Th' New Testament Scriptures," with commentaries of the eminent 
theologian, Nicholas de Lyra, on both the old and New Testaments, also additions by 
Pailis de Sancta Maria, Bishop of Burgos, Archicancellarius of John, King of Castile 
and Leon. There is also an epistle of St. Jerome to Pope Da^iascs, and following the 
New Testament i> a tract of de Lyra against the Jews. 

This interesting volume is in folio, and was printed at Venice, by FRANCiscrs Ren- 
ner, of Helbraun, A.D. 14&2. and is therefore four hundred and ten years old. 

In his communication accompanying its presentation, Brother Kimmel enumerates 
some of the wonderful events which have transpired since its publication, as follows ; 

"In the year 1430 — Laurentius of Haarlem invented printing, which he practised 
with separate wooden types. 

" 146" — Guttenburg died, to whom is attributed the invention of the art of printing, 
in connection with Dr. Faustus and Peter Shoeffer, who invented the mode of casting 
types in mattrices. 

" 1468 — Frederick Consells first began to print in < >xford, England, with wooden type. 

" 1474— Win, Caxton introduced in England the art of printing with fusil type. 

" 1482— This ancient book of the Holy Scriptures was printed in the City of Venice, the 
Queen of the Adriatic, then in the zenith of her commercial glory. It will be perceived 
that this lmok was among the first editions with the fusil letters, and it can be properly 
regarded as the oldest printed book in this happy country of liberty and universal 
toleration of religious belief. And it was, at the time of its publication the accepted 
and acknowledged translation of the holy writings of the then Catholic Church of the 
whole Christian world. But after that what great events have occurred? 

" 1483 — Martin Luther was born November 10, 1483, in Eiseleben, Saxony. 

" 14K2 — Christopher Columbus discovered the Continent of America. 

" 1517 — Luther began his Reformation in Germany. 

"1534 — The Reformation took place in England under Henry the 7th. 

" 1539— The first English edition of the Bible authorized. 

" 1560— The Reformation in Scotland completed by John Knox. 

" 1611— The translation of the Holy Scripture was finished by the Protestant Bishops 
in convocation, by order and under James the 1st of England,' which is now the Holy 
Bible, as acknowledged by the various and indescribable Protestant churches through- 
out the world, and which isthe version now used by this ancient fraternity in the United 
States and territories, and also by the Brotherhood throughout the world. 

"1732 — George Washington, the illustrious Freemason, born February 22nd. 

"1752 — Bro. George Washington initiated into Masonry November 4th. 

" 1799 — Bro. George Washington died at Mount Vernon December 14th. 

"17S2— This Holy Bible was printed 300 years before the United States were ac- 
knowledged a free and independent nation. > 

" This Holy Bible was purchased by your Brother in the ancient city of Rome, once 
the mistress of the world, within a short distance of the Church of St. Maria, in the via 
Lata, the supposed site of the house in which St. Paul lodged with the centurion. I 
can with truth affirm that the Holy Scriptures, in almost every language of the Chris- 
tian and known world, can be bought at fair prices, without restrictions or limits, in 
that city, where the early martyrs suffered, and where millious of victims were sacri- 
ficed in the primitive times of our holy religion. 


'• As this valuable book was inappropriately rebound, and an erroneous title page in- 
serted some years since, I move, Most Worshipful Grand Master, that it be suitably re- 
bound and properly inscribed, and that it, together with other relics and curios now in 
the archives of the Grand Lodge, be placed in the hands of the ■ Committee on Museum,' 
recently appointed by the Library Association, with a view to their better care and 

They publish a Roll of Honor, containing the names of those brethren 
who have been active members of th